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April 8, 2010

AA Insurance warns against dangers of car theft

by Richard Kilner

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AA Insurance warns against dangers of car theft

AA Insurance has reported that every single day at least 53 householders in England and Wales discover that their car has been stolen, following the theft of their cars from their home.

In 2008/2009 19,400 cars were stolen by this method, according to a parliamentary answer by Home Secretary Alan Johnson, a rise of almost a fifth.

AA Insurance’s Director Simon Douglas has expressed his alarm at the surge in such thefts, stating that stealing a modern car is almost impossible without acquiring the keys.

Particularly striking is the fact that the overall number of cars stolen is actually in decline, highlighting the seriousness of the issue.

Domestic burglary is hence costing car insurers around £190m a year.

Douglas has stated that many homeowners leave car keys in obvious locations, such as on a rack by the door or on hallway tables, assisting thieves, some of whom can get the keys simply by fishing for them through the letterbox.

AA Insurance advises that cars be kept in a locked garage (not only improving security but cutting insurance premiums as well), and advocates that keys be kept out of sight at night, in a drawer or in the bedroom.

 

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