Car insurance: Drivers urged to take care of keys

Monday, 12 January 2009

Motorists who do not want to invalidate their car insurance policies are being urged to learn from Princess Beatrice's mistake.

Tracker - the vehicle recovery systems specialist - explained the royal recently had her BMW stolen after briefly leaving it unattended with the key in the ignition.

According to the firm, this can prove a costly mistake as motor insurance providers may refuse to pay out under such circumstances.

It added becoming a victim to such a crime can be easily avoided and urged drivers to keep a close eye on their car keys.

Stuart Chapman, Tracker's police relationship manager, commented: "Modern vehicles can't be hotwired in the way they have been in the past, so thieves need the keys."

He pointed out 75 per cent of the stolen motors recovered by Tracker during the past three months have occurred as the result of keys being taken by thieves.

Last month, the vehicle recovery company advised motorists who did not want to jeopardise their low cost motor insurance premiums to park in well-lit, attended car parks which are covered by CCTV.

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