A NEW study has revealed that roads in Basingstoke which are among the worst for vehicle crime in the county.

The study, conducted by number plate supplier Regtransfers, involved the analysis of public police data on more than 177,000 roads around the country, all of which had reported at least one vehicle-related crime between January 2023 and January 2024.

Vehicle crime was defined as "theft from or of a vehicle, or interference with a vehicle".

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In Basingstoke, there were 118 roads where car crimes were reported, totalling up to 287 reports of the crime from 2023 to 2024.

The road with the highest amount of car crimes in Basingstoke was Batchelor Drive with nine vehicle crimes. Two of these took place in October 2024, resulting in a monthly average of 0.6.

Second on the list in the area was Tot Hill Services, where seven crimes were reported with a monthly average of 0.5.

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Morse Road and Grafton Way recorded six incidents within the time period, marginally more than Clover Field, Mendip Close, Mullins Close, Aldermaston Road South, Lower Brook Street and Marshall Gardens, which each recorded five incidents since 2023.

Other roads appearing on the list included Binfields Close, Lime Tree Way, Cedar Drive, Sibelius Close, Yew Tree Close, Crossborough Hill and many more, with a range of road crimes from four to two incidents within the past year.

Regtransfers chief executive Mark Trimbee said: "Keeping your car safe from thieves doesn’t need to be a costly or taxing endeavour, but there are certainly some steps you should take to reduce your chances of being stung. Mix a bit of street smarts with some tech savvy.

"Lock up tight, park smart, and don’t let your keys hang out or be seen in places where they shouldn’t be. When it comes to additional tech, things like dash-cams, signal-blocking pouches for keyless entry fobs, and tracking devices can offer great security measures.

"Don’t forget to keep an eye out when you’re around your car and lock up as soon as you get in. It’s all about being smart and staying one step ahead."

The study showed that more than 366,600 crimes were reported to England’s police forces throughout 2023, with the majority taking place in London, which racked up a total of 111,887 vehicle crimes - a third of all that were reported last