Just one in five convicted car thieves receive a custodial sentence - the rest are issued paltry fines averaging £198, new figures reveal
- Over 200 cars reported stolen in England and Wales every day from 2012 to 2016
- Only 7,045 criminals were prosecuted for theft of motor vehicles in that spell
- Just 20% were handed custodial sentences averaging 21 months
- The rest were issued fines averaging less than motorists receive if caught using a mobile device at the wheel
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.