Crime Statistics

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th July 1987.

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Photo of Mr John Patten Mr John Patten , Oxford West and Abingdon 12:00 am, 16th July 1987

My hon. Friend is right to say that the vast majority of crimes that inflate crime figures in this country are eminently avoidable. For example, 25 per cent. of indictable crime in this country is theft of or from cars, and about 20 per cent. of that takes place when cars are left unlocked.