Method of entry into vehicles by percentage

The chart below shows the ways people broke into cars by percentage, comparing incidents where people stole something from inside the car against times the car itself is stolen.

  • The biggest percentage — and the most common way people break into vehicles and steal something — is through a door that wasn’t locked in the first place (47%). 
  • The most common way that people break into a car to steal the car itself is by using the signal from a remote locking device (36%).


Percentage value presented on the image:

Method of entry Incidents where theft from vehicle occurred Incidents where theft of vehicle occurred
Door was not locked 47% 14%
Offender broke window or tried to (attempts) 19% 7%
Offender forced lock or tried to (attempts) 13% 14%
Offender manipulated signal from remote locking device 12% 36%
Offender used a key or electric fob 7% 24%
Offender forced, broke, bent or prised door 1% 0%
Other 2% 14%
Window was left open 1% 0%


This is a bar chart where the two different percentages are shown in different coloured vertical bars. The dark green vertical bar represents incidents where something was stolen from a vehicle by percentage, and the light green represents incidents where the car itself was stolen. The higher the bar, the bigger the percentage. Each column shows a different method of entry. The chart is arranged so that the highest value for theft from vehicle (dark green) is on the left, and it descends from there in order to the right. The percentages may not add up to 100% because the figures have been rounded up.