Car insurance: 'Never leave running cars unattended'

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Drivers who do not want to end up shelling out after having a vehicle stolen and a car insurance claim turned down are being urged not to leave their motors unattended with the key in the ignition.

Thames Valley police have issued this warning after a man and a woman had their Ford Ka taken while they were unloading rubbish to be recycled in a car park in Warfield.

Investigating officer PC Marc Boyd said: "I would advise motorists never to leave their keys in the car, even if it is unattended for just a few seconds."

He added he believes the crime may be linked to another incident which occurred at the same location in November last year, when a 63-year-old woman was dragged out of her vehicle by a man who then jumped in and drove away.

The victim's four-year-old grandson was in the back of the car.

He was let out shortly afterwards unharmed, but only after the female victim dislocated her shoulder trying to release him.

Motorists who have vehicles stolen after leaving them unattended with the key in the ignition may find their motor insurance provider refuses to pay out.

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