Sharp rise in ve­hi­cle theft

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VE­HI­CLE thefts in Wales and Eng­land have in­creased by al­most a third in just three years, new fig­ures show.

The RAC, which ob­tained the data through Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quests to po­lice forces, be­lieves thieves are by­pass­ing mod­ern ve­hi­cle se­cu­rity sys­tems. Re­sponses from 40 forces re­vealed 85,688 ve­hi­cles were stolen last year, up 30% from 65,783 in 2013.

RAC in­surance di­rec­tor Mark God­frey said this rise reverses a gen­eral trend of ve­hi­cle thefts de­creas­ing since around 2002.

“We fear thieves are now be­com­ing more and more well equipped with tech­nol­ogy ca­pa­ble of de­feat­ing car man­u­fac­tur­ers’ anti-theft sys­tems,” he said.

“This is bad news for mo­torists as it has the ef­fect of caus­ing in­surance pre­mi­ums to rise at a time when they are al­ready be­ing pushed up by a va­ri­ety of fac­tors, not least the re­cent change to the dis­count rate for life-chang­ing per­sonal in­jury com­pen­sa­tion claims and the rises in in­surance pre­mium tax.”

Mr God­frey said a num­ber of mo­torists are re­sort­ing to us­ing anti-theft de­vices which were pop­u­lar in the 1980s and early 1990s such as steer­ing wheel locks.

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