Car crime creating a nervy nation says Admiral

Motorists in Britainare living in fear of having their cars broken into or stolen according to a new survey, this is despite the fact that in recent years car crime has fallen. Admiral, the Car insurance specialists commissioned the poll from YouGov and questioned 2500 motorists as part of their annual Admiral survey of British motorists.

They discovered that 74% of respondents are worried about their cars being broken into or stolen. Drivers in Yorkshire and the East Midlands are the most concerned, with 80% sharing these worries, while inScotlandthey are the most relaxed about it with only 63% worrying about this.

It seems, however, that this anxiety regarding their cars is mainly unfounded as Admiral’s claim statistics show that the amount of cars being broken into or stolen has decreased dramatically over the past 10 years. During 2011, 0.16.% of Admiral insured motorists had their cars stolen compared with 0.54% in 2001.

Car break ins are showing a similar pattern, as in 2001 0.61% of drivers insured through Admiral had their cars broken into, compared to 0.16% in 2011. Dave Halliday, Admiral managing director, said: “Our statistics show that car crime has been falling for several years now, so maybe worrying about it is undue. This anxiety could be linked to a general sense of unease about the state of the country and the economy in particular; our cars are after all, one of the most valuable things we own.”

Dave continued: “Modern cars have excellent security features with manufacturers making them more and more difficult to steal, which must have some impact on the number stolen or broken into. However, motorists should always make sure their car isn’t an easy target for thieves by parking it in a well-lit area, not leaving items on show, and making sure their keys are kept in a safe and secure place should someone gain access to their home.”

Even though car crime is decreasing, Admiral thought it would be interesting to see which types of vehicle are the most likely to be targeted by criminals*. It looked at statistics from the last year and found the Nissan Sunny, BMW X6 and Audi RS6 were the three cars most likely to be stolen. The Nissan Figaro is the car most likely to be broken into followed by the Citroen C8 and BMW 730.