Car insurance: Wealthy Brits fear car crime

Tuesday, 30 May 2006

Britain's wealthiest residents are spending billions of pounds on security measures to make sure their property and families are safe.

And stealing cars by breaking into homes to get the keys is top of the worry-list.

New research by a major car insurance provider has revealed that Britain's millionaires are becoming increasingly concerned over the safety of their vehicles, as a growing number of cars are being stolen by thieves who have the keys.

Two affluent properties in five have been broken into claims the research, with almost a fifth of wealthy Britons suffering at the hands of car thieves.

Car insurance experts are warning drivers to make sure they hide their car keys at night in order to deter criminals. They also advise not leaving car keys near the front door or near an open letter box as criminals can pull them through using a wire or stick.

Drivers are also being warned not to leave their car keys unattended in the car if they get out for a second – such as paying for petrol at the garage – as they are unlikely to be able to claim on their car insurance for cars stolen with the keys left inside.

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