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Hull remains the UK's car crime capital, insurers say

Hull has been named the riskiest place in Britain to leave a vehicle for the second year running.

The East Yorkshire city held its spot at the top of a motor theft index compiled by Endsleigh Insurance.

Nottingham was once again in second place, followed by Bradford in West Yorkshire, Manchester and Doncaster in South Yorkshire.

By contrast Swindon came out as the safest place, followed by Cheltenham, Solihull, Southampton and Bangor.

The figures were collected by analysing motor claims over the past three years from tens of thousands of insurance policyholders across Britain.

Stuart Wartalski, of Endsleigh, said the risk of theft was particularly high after Christmas when vehicles are targeted for satnavs, DVDs, laptops and cameras.

He said motorists should always keep valuables out of sight, fit their vehicle with an alarm and immobiliser and park in well-lit places.

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