Car theft at all time high in Manchester

Over the last four years, car theft has risen by over 80% in Manchester and Lancashire.

The value of cars is so tempting for budding thieves who often sell cars valued at £35,000 for as little as £1,000.

vehicle scrapped after stolen and recovered

Computerised vehicle security systems are vulnerable to the latest software’s and a car can be stolen in less than 90-seconds. In part, therefore car crime has risen so much over recent times. See Autoblog for more information.

Manchester is not alone. Bristol, London, Birmingham and Cardiff have all seen steep rises in cars being robbed from the roadside or domestic driveways.

Recent stats

According to stolen car check experts CarVeto, in 2018, over 7,500 vehicles were stolen across Great Manchester.

Furthermore, 6% of thefts resulted in dangerous activities including damage to property, injury and/or dangerous driving; commonly known as aggravated car theft. See Honest Johns’ article for more information

Suspects and prosecution rates

Over 75% of all thefts during 2018 resulted in no further action taken, due to lack of evidence. It means that the lion’s share of thieves have the continued opportunity to break the law with seemingly no consequences.

Regions such as Rochdale top the charts in car theft with almost 800 missing vehicles in 2018, which turns out to be almost double national averages.

What can you do to protect your vehicle?

All the obvious like parking in a secure area, using a garage if you have one and owning the best car security systems on the market.

But good old steering lock devices are a huge deterrent to today’s tech savvy thieves. This simple device will take so long to remove that your car is likely to be left alone.

Got any other tips to keeping your car safe and sound?

The guys and gals at Barca NQ

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Getting married or having a party?

So, you’ve found the man or women of your dreams. You’ve done the deed and ask for marriage and a lifelong partnership.

vintage photo booth couple at wedding

Next, you make arrangements and plan the wedding. Venues, invitations, balloons, people, alcohol, food and flowers.

What else could there be to do. Ah, I hear you utter, ‘entertainment’. But you really want to wow your guests and offer them something new, exciting and memorable.

Photobooths are the rage right now. You have probably come across them before but have you ever had a go?

Booths are enormous fun with types including Modern, Retro, Kiosk, Novelty and Vintage.

For us UK’ers, there is a lot of choice. Here are Barcelona NQ, we’d shout out Booth 19 (yep, a funky name) who have tonnes to offer in the photo booth space. Their primary offering is Retro or Vintage booths and include day hire, props, delivery and and huge, memorable experience for you and your guests.


Hotels and stately homes are popular venues for couples looking to get married. Trending in 2020 are marquees that provide unending flexibility when it comes to the look and feel of the big day. Plus, you can save a lot of money. See firms like Marquee Vision (a bit South of our Manchester eatery) who now serve Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire. I’m sure they’ll consider Lancashire if you mention that Barcel NQ recommended you!…

So what are you waiting for?

Hit them up on the link above or call them now 01793 780 370.

Happy weddings…
The punks at Barca

Eatery Scandals 

Car Boom or UK Bust?

whatever happens, We’ll keep serving great food

As part of Barcelona NQ’s gossip blurb we have overheard much chatter in the eatery of further financial downturns in the UK’s economy. But, instead of poor lending in the housing sector it’s new car dealers that may be held accountable.

Cheap finance has underpinned much of the UK’s boom and growth during recent years and the motor industry has seen a huge benefit in sales.

car finance image for the UK

Ultra low cost car finance loans including hire purchase, PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) and lease plans have all contributed to significant rises.

The motoring finance sector appear confident that mega low loan rates, that are accounting for a staggering 81% of all new vehicle registrations (known as PCP), are indeed a solid way for funding new vehicles. Claims are that poor credit/sub prime car lending accounts for just 4% of today’s market and that the motoring sector will be able to manage destabilisation further down the road.

But some industry experts seem unconvinced and claim that the pure volumes of lending for new cars will lead to vulnerabilities, increased lending rates and rises in unemployment.

Twenty years ago a car dealer would earn most of their money from the sale of the car but the millennials demographic now support multiple income streams for new car dealers. Finance packages, up sells, warranties, paint protection insurance and breakdown covers are all part of the modern car sale and many dealers claim to have never had it so good.

Remember, if you are buying a used car you will need a car history check. This YouTube car video will show you how to get a car check for free.

Will massive lending lead to future economic downturns? Mix Brexit into the food mix and it makes for interesting times. One thing is for sure, boom or bust, Barcelona NQ will continue to serve some of the best food in Manchester.