Car insurance: Sitting out sales could stop thieves

Monday, 24 December 2007

Sitting out the post-Christmas sales could be a good way of avoiding falling victim to car crime, according to a council official.

Thelma Blankley, crime reduction officer for Rother district council, warned that criminals are likely to be particularly active in the next few weeks, as they look to take advantage of any carelessness among bargain hunters.

She told the Rye & Battle Observer that thieves will be on the lookout for cars that have been left unlocked or which have shopping left on view.

However, there are steps people can take to reduce the risk of having their vehicle broken into and having to make a car insurance claim - one of which should prove popular with those who are not too keen on trailing round the shops.

"If you have a lot of shopping … there may be a member of your family who would be only too happy to rest their legs and stay in the car," advised Ms Blankley.

Meanwhile, police in Sussex have warned drivers not to buy satellite navigation systems offered at discount prices in pubs, because they are almost certain to have been stolen.

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