Article date: 2 May 2007
RAC Auto Windscreens is urging drivers to secure their valuables following an increase in theft from cars and a 23% rise in the number of smashed side windows.
Research carried out by the organisation reveals that despite a car theft taking place every 22 seconds, over 40% of motorists, regularly leave valuables on show when their cars are unattended.
A further quarter of motorists admit to leaving gadgets on show and unattended for more than 10 minutes at a time.
Only 3% of motorists secure valuables in an in-car safe and just 13% put possessions in the boot.
Alarmingly, 84% of motorists would not be covered by their standard insurance policy if they were victims of a "smash and grab" theft.
The research also revealed that one in 10 cars has contents worth more than £1,000 - including a quarter of cars having satellite navigation technology, a fifth transporting a laptop, one in eight containing iPods and portable DVD players and three quarters of motorists having a mobile phone in the car.
Adam Cracknell from RAC, said: "Today's motor vehicles are packed with the latest technology and gadgets, making them a target for theft.
"We are urging all drivers to take better care of their valuables by putting them in an in-car safe or locking them in the boot.
"Motorists are not only enticing thieves to their cars by leaving valuables on display, but they also stand to miss out on being able to make an insurance claim if they have not secured their valuables."
RAC Press office contact:
Adam Cracknell 01603 684916 / 07800 699 517 Sam Bramwell at Staniforth 0161 919 8024/077381 9666.
Notes to editors:
About RAC Auto Windscreens
RAC Auto Windscreens provides a wholly owned and operated complete automotive glazing repair and replacement service (windscreens, rear windows and side windows) through the largest fitting centre network in the UK.
It is the only replacement windscreen specialist with its own manufacturing operation, producing 250,000 windscreens a year in a dedicated factory in Chesterfield.
Backed by a fleet of 1,000 fully equipped mobile fitting units, RAC Auto Windscreens provides a true 24/7 national service for more than 750,000 private and corporate customers every year. For more information on RAC Auto Windscreens visit www.rac.co.uk/windscreens
With around seven million members, RAC is one of the UK's most progressive motoring organizations, providing services for both private and business motorists. Whether it's roadside assistance, windscreen repair and replacement, learning to drive, vehicle inspections and checks, legal and financial services or up-to-the-minute traffic and travel information - RAC is able to meet motorists' needs. RAC incorporates BSM, RAC Auto Windscreens, RAC Direct Insurance and HPI.
Aviva bought RAC last year. The acquisition brings together RAC's powerful brand and customer base with the expertise and leading position in motor insurance of Norwich Union Insurance (part of Aviva). Norwich Union is the UK's largest insurer, insuring one in seven motor vehicles and with a market share of around 15%.