Airport crime, including weapon smuggling, has DOUBLED in the last two years – and this is where you’re most likely to be a victim

In 2017 there were 5,234 crimes at airports or close by to them compared to 2,432 in 2015.

Figures obtained from the BBC from show that Stansted is the airport where the most amount of crimes have taken place.

There were 1,870 crimes there in 2017, and a further 721 in the first five months of this year.

There were 718 offences for the possession of weapons at Stansted in 2017, and 890 in the whole of the UK.

A police spokesperson explained that the way seizures of tear spray, small knives and air rifles takes place was changed earlier this year, which has led to the higher figures.

They said: “Stansted Airport is one of the country’s busiest and largest airports with around 27 million passengers coming through its doors every year.

“It remains one of the safest airports in the UK and is situated within the district of Uttlesford, the safest District in Essex.

“Earlier this year, all police forces had to adhere to a change in the way it recorded the seizure of CS sprays, small knives, air soft weapons and air rifles under the National Crime Recording Standards.

“These weapons are seized from visitors to the UK from countries where possession of these articles are usually not an offence. They are mostly dealt with by a community resolution.

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“There are rare situations where UK passengers are stopped at security checks in possession of these same weapons. They are detained by our officers and are either fined or put before a court.”

The statistics showed that vehicle crime has also risen in the last year, with cases having doubled from 88 in 2015 to 169 in 2017.

The report showed that airport with the most amount of vehicle crime is Birmingham, which had 55 incidents this year alone from January until May.

A spokesperson for Birmingham Airport said that the report included areas that were “outside the boundaries of Birmingham Airport” included the NEC and Birmingham International train station.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: "Vehicle crime is a very real issue in the West Midlands and across the country

"Manufacturers have taken their eye off the ball when it comes to vehicle security.

Sun Online Travel has contacted Stansted Airport for comment.

Police were called to Manchester Airport's car park after a spree of thefts there in July.

Around a dozen high-class cars – including Mercedes, BMWs, Audis and Range Rovers – were broken into at the Terminal 1 multi-storey car park on Saturday, July 7.

Sun Online Travel previously reported which airports have been named the best in the world.

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