MOTORING EDITOR RESPONDS TO 30% INCREASE IN CAR THEFTS OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS
Police data today reveals there has been a 30% increase in car thefts over the past three years*. Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com responds. She says:
It’s shocking that there were over 85,000 vehicles reported stolen in 2016. And it’s likely this figure will continue to rise each year as modern security systems mean that criminals are now able to steal vehicles without needing keys.
We recommend all drivers to prepare and invest in low-tech solutions to prevent high-tech car thefts. First and foremost, drivers should think carefully about where they leave their car and try to park in a well-lit area, such as under a streetlamp.
And don’t give thieves a reason to want to take your car. Drivers should make sure that valuables are never left in the car on show. Other deterrents could include anti-theft devices such as steering wheel locks or a sticker saying “this car has a tracker”.
With motoring costs across the board continuously rising, drivers should do all they can to avoid the extra costs and burden of having their car broken into, or worse stolen. We encourage all drivers to shop around at Confused.com to minimise motoring costs where possible.
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*Commissioned by the RAC