It is not just the physical numbers (and I wouldn't call 25,000 pa. small) but the rate of increase that drivers (or should I say the Police) should be aware of! Mind you, with this crime wave running into tens of thousands per year and rising, I wouldn't 'poo poo' this alert as it could easily be hitting you anytime soon.pabenny wrote: ↑Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:36 pmWhilst I appreciate the alert, the linked article neglects to put this "crimewave" into perspective:
- There are more than 30 million cars on the roads of the UK
- 25,000 number plate thefts per year equates to 1 in 1200.
In comparison, the number of cars stolen is around 370,000 annually
ONS data shows that reported 'vehicle related theft' (defined as stealing or attempting to steal a vehicle or parts) has been in steady decline since the early 1990s.
I'm sure the op had good intentions in posting the link - but the article is alarmist clickbait.
In the context of 30 million cars and 370,000 car thefts, 25,000 is relatively small.
People talk about rate of increase to big up small numbers. The fastest growing car brand in the UK might be MG, having trebled sales from 100 to 300. It's still tiny compared with Ford with sales of about 200,000. (number are for illustration and are not accurate). According to the the article, number plate theft has increased from around 14,000 in the 2000s, so yes, a big rate of increase in a small number.
True. But it probably won't. Because 1 in 1,200 is fairly uncommon.
Not the sort of response I would have thought should be directed at a responsible good citizen alerting his fellow citizens of something they may not be aware of!
Absolutely it is. Sure – number plate theft is a crime. The perpetrators are doing it to mask other criminality. But it’s an uncommon crime.pabenny wrote:it’s alarmist clickbait
You may be interested in this, re SEAT recalls https://www.which.co.uk/news/2018/05/vo ... -concerns/# You can check whether your car is subject to a recall here: https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/macliam wrote: ↑Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:10 pmI had the badge stolen from the front of my car - unscrewed and hoisted in broad daylight.
I blame BMW drivers trying to disguise the car they're driving.............. so if an odd-looking SEAT tailgates you or overtakes you dangerously, you have been warned!!!
But did you tell all that to Inspector Craig Clifton, from South Yorkshire Police’s Roads Policing Group as well?pabenny wrote: ↑Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:52 amAbsolutely it is. Sure – number plate theft is a crime. The perpetrators are doing it to mask other criminality. But it’s an uncommon crime.pabenny wrote:it’s alarmist clickbait
To take a wholly different example, passenger fatalities on UK railways ‘rocketed’ by almost 40% in 2016/17. To 15. For those involved, the death is clearly very serious and an increase the number of fatalities should at least raise questions. If we focus on that increase we lose sight of the the fact that rail travel is in fact very very safe – and far safer than road travel.
My criticism is aimed at the authors of the article, not the OP, not the people quoted in the article. What is said may well be true, but is not truthful. It leads people to believe that something is more serious, more prevalent than is actually the case.
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