Just one in five convicted car thieves receive a custodial sentence - the rest are issued paltry fines averaging £198, new figures reveal



Punishment for car thieves is far too lenient, according to new research.
Of the 7,405 criminals prosecuted for theft of a motor vehicle in England and Wales between 2012 and 2016, just 20 per cent were handed custodial sentences, with the average length of 21 months.
What about those who dodged jail time? 
They received an average fine of just £198 - less than motorists receive if caught using a mobile phone behind the wheel.
The analysis was carried out by Churchill Car Insurance after reviewing the latest ONS statistics available.
It said an average of four prosecutions in court occur... read more

 
7 April 2018 in Business, Views: 82
Source: Daily Mail
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