For some reason, car crime today doesn't seem to attract tabloid headlines like it used to back in the 1980s and early 1990s. 

Some say cars are harder to steal, although I’m not too sure about that one. Even though cars may not always go missing, they are still a target for the toe rags who want to steal from them or just modify the bodywork.

I live in a rural idyll. It's far away from the mean streets where I was brought up, where even pushchairs had padlocks. For reasons I can’t divulge, I do get to see the local crime statistics, and in my manor nothing naughty ever happens.

Nearby market towns are rather more rowdy. In those, apart from the drunk and disorderlies and domestic flare-ups, there's a little bit of parked vehicle damage and theft from cars.