MORE than 500 cars were vandalised on the Isle of Wight last year — and that was just the number reported to police.

The Isle of Wight has been ranked the sixth worst area in the 12 covered by Hampshire Constabulary for car vandalism.

Data obtained by insurer MoneySuperMarket, through a Freedom of Information request, has revealed the car vandalism rate on the Isle of Wight was 3.6 offences per 1,000 residents.

Between April 2017 and March 2018, 510 cars were vandalised on the Island.

That compared to 274 offences in East Hampshire (the area with the lowest rate at 2.3 offences per 1,000 residents), and 1,418 in Portsmouth (the area with the highest rate at 6.6 offences per 1.000 residents).

The three worst offenders were Portsmouth, Southampton and Havant. The three safest areas for car vandalism were East Hampshire, Winchester and Test Valley.

The figures place the Isle of Wight just below the national average. Across the UK, the car vandalism rate was four offences per 1,000 people.

MoneySuperMarket said only 26 per cent of victims reported incidents to their insurer.

Rachel Wait, MoneySuperMarket consumer affairs spokesperson, said: “Only one in four victims of vandalism decide to report the incident to their insurance company, possibly due to concerns about losing their no-claims discount.

“However, some insurance providers protect a driver’s no-claims bonus for cases of vandalism, so it’s worth double checking your policy."

To view the figures in full, visit www.moneysupermarket.com/car-insurance/vandalism-hotspots

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