From the bad old days of cars being stolen for joyriding and so on, the incidence of vehicle theft has reduced year on year as a result of improving vehicle security, Thatcham research has found.
In recent years, it’s become easier to break into a property and steal the car keys, than to break in to and take the car without the keys.
However, ABI data reported in the Insurance times suggests theft volumes are again on the increase. ‘Theft claims rose to £68m in the second quarter, up 21% from the same quarter last year. The number of claims, at nearly 13,000, is at its highest quarterly level since early 2013. The rise has partly been fuelled by the increasing use of high-tech devices enabling car thieves to steal cars without forcible entry’.