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Vandalism claims costs up 40%

The average vandalism claim value has risen by more than 40% in the last five years, with a car insurance claim for vandalism made every 22 minutes in the UK.

The average vandalism claim value has increased by more than 40% over the last five years.

The average vandalism claim value has increased by more than 40% over the last five years.

Analysis by Churchill of claims data has revealed that cosmetic damage (15%) is the most frequent type of vehicular vandalism. This is followed by front bumper damage (12%) and front door (12%) damage.

Police data revealed last autumn found the number of vehicles vandalised in England and Wales had gone up by 10% in the last three years.

Steve Barrett, head of car insurance at Churchill, said: “While not all cases will result in a conviction, we strongly advise victims report vandalism to the police, even if the damage is only minor.”

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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.