Motor insurance holders warned about 'frost-jackers'

Thursday, 09 December 2010

Motor insurance policyholders have been warned of the risk of frost-jackers, who tend to be on the prowl when the temperatures drop.

Three cars were stolen across Greater Manchester in the space of just 20 minutes after their owners left them on and unattended while they defrosted, reports the Daily Mail.

Superintendant Mark Bell warned drivers that car insurance providers do not always cover for this kind of theft, something which the AA also warned about recently.

He said: "People can be tempted to leave their car engine running on a frosty morning while they keep nice and warm inside their house.

"However, it only takes a few seconds for a thief to steal a car when the keys have been left in the ignition.

"Motorists should also remember that insurance companies may not pay out if vehicles are stolen after being left unattended with the keys in the ignition."

Supt Bell advised drivers, if they have to switch their engine on, to use a spare key to lock the car while the other key is in the ignition.

Posted by Rebecca Mellor

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