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Risk of car theft rises 25% in winter

Car drivers are being warned to take extra care with vehicle security as new figures from Tracker show instances of vehicle theft increase by up to 25% in the colder months.


January especially is a peak month for thefts due to harsh frosty mornings.

Dark winter nights are ideal for opportunist thieves to carry out a large number of thefts whilst the chance of getting caught in the act is reduced, so its important for vehicle owners to take extra care, said Andy Barrs, head of police liaison at Tracker. January especially is a peak month for thefts as its when we typically experience harsh frosty mornings;  drivers often leave cars unattended for a few minutes whilst de-icing which presents itself as a prime opportunity for criminal gangs.

He added: Drivers should never leave their cars vulnerable, especially when thieves are looking to exploit the change in weather. There are plenty of precautions motorists can take to minimise the risk, and save from the heartache and expense if their car is stolen. While a tracking unit may not prevent vehicles from being stolen, they greatly increase the chances of recovery.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.