These are the UK’s safest – and least safe – car parks

Using analysis of 200 of the UK's busiest car parks, we can reveal the safest and least safe places to park your car. In short: park in Exeter, Devon.

Safest UK car parks

Covent Garden has been named the least safe place to park your car in an analysis of 200 of the UK’s busiest car parks. Of the car parks in the top 10, three are in London and three are in Bristol.

The figures reveal a staggering 368 vehicle crimes per year in Covent Garden. That’s more than one a day.

Meanwhile, the car park at Exeter St David’s is the safest. There was just one recorded crime between April 2019 and March 2020.

Four out of the 10 safest car parks in the UK are attached to a railway station. This suggests a higher level of security at these locations.

USwitch, the company behind the research, looked at a range of vehicle crimes when collating the data. The list includes aggravated vehicle taking, theft of a motor vehicle, theft from a motor vehicle, interference with a motor vehicle, and theft from vehicle other than a motor vehicle.

Aside from Bristol, the least safe car parks are concentrated in the South East. On the other hand, there’s a wider geographic spread for the safest car parks.

Top 10 least safe car parks

Car crime

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Top 10 safest car parks

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How to keep your car safe

Lockdown car crime

Here is some advice on how to keep your car safe in a car park. The information is based on official guidance issued by the Met Police:

  • Lock your doors and close your windows
  • Secure the number plates and alloy wheels
  • Protect external items
  • Hide personal belongings and devices
  • Consider a comprehensive insurance policy for your car
  • Choose your car park wisely and prioritise well-lit areas
  • Never leave documentation in the vehicle

We’d also add the purchase of a steering wheel lock to the list. This highly visible security device could deter opportunist thieves. It’s also effective against keyless car thieves.

Click here to visit our dedicated advice section.

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Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Writer with a penchant for #FrenchTat. Also doing a passable impression of Cousin Eddie in an Italian-German beige motorhome.


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