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Scrape your windscreen dont lose your car to winter thieves says ABI

The ABI is warning motorists not to leave their vehicles unattended, with the engine running to defrost and warm up, during the current freezing weather. Thieves are increasing targeting cars left unattended in this way.


Parts of the country have recently seen a spate of vehicles stolen by thieves on the prowl for vehicles left unattended with the keys in the ignition. Lancashire police recently logged 27 vehicles left in this way over just two hours. Earlier this week, in just one morning, four cars were stolen this way in Greater Manchester alone. Last year, a gang of car thieves known as The Ice Bandits received prison sentences.


Leaving your vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition could be seen as not taking reasonable care, and might invalidate any insurance claim if your vehicle is stolen in this way.


Nick Starling, the ABI's Director of General Insurance and Health, said:


"No one wants to freeze while defrosting their car. But tempting though it is, specially on freezing mornings, don't leave your vehicle with the engine running to warm up, while you nip back inside - even if it is only for a couple of minutes, as it only takes seconds for thieves to strike. Stay with your vehicle while it warms up, so that it is you that drives away in a warm car, not a thief."

Last updated 01/07/2016