Top 10 most unsafe places to park in London revealed
The least safe places to park in London have been revealed, with some of London's wealthiest areas appearing on the list, including streets in Fitzrovia and Mayfair.
The stats have been gathered by Co-op Insurance, which has released an interactive map showing the number of vehicle-related crimes recorded in the past six months on any street in the UK. Areas that have high levels of car-related crime glow red on the map.
As well as streets appearing in the top 10, some designated car parks also feature, including the NCP car park in Carrington Street, Mayfair.
Ranked the least safe place in London to park your car is Meridian Square, next to Stratford station in east London, where 46 car crimes have been reported in the past six months.
Welbeck Street in Marylebone was ranked second with 28 vehicle crimes reported in the past six months. In third was Greenwell Street in Fitzrovia with 26.
Vehicle-related theft is one of the most reported crimes, with 800,000 break-ins reported across the UK in the past year.
James Hillon from Co-op insurance said: "Year on year we see a 20% increase in car thefts across the UK. Our tool will allow drivers to make safer choices about parking and in turn, help to keep communities safe."
Police advice is always to keep all valuables out of sight in a car, not use the boot to store them and close all windows.
They also urge people to use secure, theft-resistant number plates and to take sat nav equipment out of the car when not in use.
A spokesperson from the British Parking Association said: "We would advise people to look out for Park Mark awarded car parks in and around London. A Park Mark is awarded to car parks that have low to zero crime and meet a number of challenging criteria.
"Motorists can be reassured that these car parks are well maintained on an ongoing basis."
Below is the list of the top 10 most unsafe places to park in the capital:
1. Meridian Square, Stratford
2. Welbeck Street, Marylebone
3. Greenwell Street, Fitzrovia
4. Carrington Street, Mayfair
5. Tempelhof Avenue, Brent Cross
6. Wennington Road, Rainham
7. Parker Mews, Holborn
8. Shortlands, Hammersmith
9. Onslow Road, New Malden
10. Glover Drive, Walthamstow
By Ted Welford