As the clocks went back last week and the nights start to get darker, Swinton Car Insurance is urging motorists to take extra precautions to ensure their vehicles are safe over the winter months, and avoid becoming victims of Christmas crime.
A survey of 1,200 customers online, undertaken by the car insurance retailer, discovered that despite the darkness a large percentage of motorists aren’t taking the necessary safety precautions, as only 32% of drivers park their car in well lit areas and a further 24% of drivers are leaving their cars running whilst they defrost their windscreen.
Furthermore, with the festive season upon us, 72% of motorists are leaving valuable Christmas presents on the back seats, tempting thieves to break into their cars.
The news comes despite last year’s 20 per cent increase in recoveries of stolen vehicles in the winter months, according to research by stolen vehicle recovery company Tracker.
Steve Chelton, Insurance Development Manager at Swinton Car Insurance, “The extra hours of darkness are allowing more time for thieves to break into vehicles unseen, it is therefore important motorists ensure they always park in well it areas and try and hide any valuable objects away from sight.”
He added, “In the midst of the dark weather and stresses of winter it’s easy to become forgetful. It is therefore essential to take care when driving and parking as failure to lock your car will leave insurance void and result in a costly repercussions at an expensive time of the year.”
— With 603 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK’s largest high street insurance retailer — Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community — Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance — A dedicated team of advisors is on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates
Contacts: SKV Communications Jonathan Brook, Caroline Eardley or Mairead Rodden 0161 838 7770 www.skvcommunications.co.uk