5 December 2006

South Yorkshire is officially the most costly place in Britain to insure your car. That’s according to a report released by Endsleigh Insurance using data compiled between 2003 and early 2006. Hull, it claims, is our car-theft capital, with car theft levels running 126.1 per cent higher than the national average.

Bradford, however, tops the UK accident rate chart, and is second place in the car-theft claim hall of shame. There, car theft levels are 107.4 per cent higher there than the national average. Leeds, on 95.6, ensures that South Yorkshire locks out this rather dubious car theft podium.

There was good news for car owners from other areas though; the national car-theft rate has fallen by 31.3 percent over the last three years, so UK residents a third less likely on average to have their car stolen than they were in 2003. But if you're moving house after having spend £100,000 on a new supercar, the report comes as reason to be careful where you buy.

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