Police: Vehicle thefts are being fuelled by lack of spare car parts

Car thefts are being fuelled by lack of spares as gangs strip vehicles of parts to sell off within hours, police warn

  • Factory shutdowns because of the pandemic have led to a car parts shortage
  • Thieves are now stripping cars ‘in a matter of hours so they can sell the parts’ 
  • Thirty-four forces recorded a total of 88,915 vehicle thefts in the year to March 7 

A surge in vehicle thefts has been linked by police to a shortage of car parts.

Thieves are stripping cars ‘in a matter of hours’ so they can sell the parts for ‘high prices’, a senior officer said.

Superintendent Jim Munro, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘There is a desire for certain vehicle parts, and this is fuelling the theft of motor vehicles.’

Thieves are stripping cars ‘in a matter of hours’ so they can sell the parts for ‘high prices’, a senior officer said. A file photo is used above

Thirty-four forces recorded a total of 88,915 vehicle thefts in the year to March 7, figures show. 

Six force areas recorded an increase compared with the same period two years earlier: South Yorkshire (up 28 per cent), City of London (up 25 per cent), West Midlands (up 19 per cent), Surrey (up 12 per cent), Merseyside (up 4 per cent) and Greater Manchester (up 1 per cent).

Factory shutdowns because of the pandemic have led to the parts shortage.


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Thirty-four forces recorded a total of 88,915 vehicle thefts in the year to March 7, figures show. A file photo is used above

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