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£3 Billion 'Give-away'
New evidence, researched by Post Office Car Insurance, indicates Britain's
drivers are almost are helping to 'give-away' up to £3 billion of their
property to thieves.
According to the research, motorists are leaving their property in vehicles - sometimes on show, for all to see. This simply encourages opportunist thieves with an open invitation to steal items left in vehicles. Criminals find the valuables in 25 million stolen cars from across the UK.
The Post Office said 12 per cent confirmed that valuables were often left on show. The most popular items stolen were:
- tool kits
- Mobile phones
The average car owner is leaving £134 worth of valuables
in their car and 18 per cent of those surveyed said the goods left in their
cars were worth more than £200.
Head of communications at Post Office Car Insurance Clare Oldstein stated: "Our advice to motorists is to only leave valuable items in the car if it's absolutely necessary, and if they do, to make sure the items are hidden in the boot or at least out of sight of potential thieves.
"Drivers should also check that they are adequately insured for any valuable items left in the car in case the worst does happen."
Post Office Car Insurance offers customers 50 per cent cash back when they set up a policy and offers a choice of cover and optional breakdown cover.
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