Drivers warned to be extra vigilant with recent bad weather

Article date: 2 March 2001

With the recent bad weather, Norwich Union has urged motoristsnot to leave their cars with the keys in the ignition when heatingup their cars on a cold morning.

The warning follows a recent court of appeal ruling, whichunderlined the importance of insurance policy conditions requiringpolicyholders to take precautions in relation to their ignitionkeys, to reduce the risk of opportunist theft.

Peter Graham, director of technical claims said, "There'snothing worse than having to get into a freezing car and scrape iceoff the windscreen. It is tempting just to start your vehicle andthen nip in and finish off your breakfast.

"But thieves are on the lookout for just that kind of thing atthis time of year. Don't make it easy on criminals - be vigilantand be careful with your car.

"There has been a growing trend of thefts of vehicles while theyare parked in petrol stations, near ATMs or outside houses withkeys still in them, and such claims are easily avoidable."

ENDS

Media contact:

Lucy Haughey - Norwich Union press office
Tel. 01603 682264

Notes to editors

  • Norwich Union insures one in four cars in the UK.
  • CGU plc and Norwich Union plc merged on 30 May 2000 to createCGNU plc, the UK's largest insurance group and one of the top-fiveinsurers in Europe with substantial positions in other marketsaround the world, making it the world's sixth largest insurerbased on gross worldwide premiums.
  • CGNU's principal business activities are long-term savings,fund management and general insurance, with worldwide premiumincome and retail investment sales from ongoing business of over¬£27 billion and assets under management of more than ¬£210billion.
  • From October 2000, the combined life and pensions, generalinsurance and retail fund management businesses in the UK operateunder the Norwich Union brand, while the institutional investmentbusiness operates under the Morley Fund Management brand.
  • CGNU's news releases are available on the internet atwww.cgnu-group.com

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