Car insurance: Car theft 'peaks in autumn'

Friday, 22 September 2006

Autumn is the peak time for car theft in the UK, according to a recent survey.

As the darker evenings begin to creep in and days get colder, experts are warning drivers to make sure they take extra precautions against motor theft as new figures show car thefts peak during September, October and November.

Nigel Bartram, motor underwriting manager at the firm behind the survey, explained: "The sustained increase in car theft over the autumn months can be attributed to a few key factors.

"Most obvious is the shorter daylight hours – we all know that thieves prefer to work in the dark."

As people begin to sit inside and enjoy spending time indoors after the long summer evenings, this means cars are being used less and become more of a target for thieves.

"We also see claims where cars have had pre-Christmas shopping in them – so the thief has made away with the car and Christmas gifts for friends and family!" added Mr Bartram.

Motorists are therefore urged to make sure they take basic precautions with their cars – such as remembering to never leave the keys in the ignition – and to take out cheap car insurance in case the worst does happen.

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