Car insurance: Superminis give in to thieves 'in three seconds'

Monday, 10 July 2006

Cunning car thieves can break into some of the UK's newest superminis in as little as three seconds, new reports suggest.

A survey from consumer magazine Which? has found that several expensive new superminis, including the Citroen C1, Peugeot 107 and Toyota Aygo were easy to steal from.

Despite their numerous anti-theft gadgets, most of the cars failed to prevent thieves attacking the car, achieving just 14 points from a possible 100 in the Which? tests.

It only took the magazine's testers three seconds to enter a Kia Cerato 1.6 LX, while Vauxhall's new Zafira took a little longer at 18 seconds.

A Which? spokesman told Sky News: "Thieves still attack 81 cars every hour, so it seems the fight is far from over.

"Thieves are getting more professional. The measures they'll take to steal a car, change its identity and sell it on are more sophisticated and harder to spot than ever."

The magazine also added that the introduction of portable satellite navigation systems have increased car break-ins as opportunist thieves smash and grab the expensive devices.

Motorists looking to protect their cars should make sure they have the best car insurance policy to cover them for any loss, with many able to get a car insurance quote online at a cheap rate.

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