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Soaring value of in-car contents encouraging opportunist theft

2-2-2007

Motorists warned about thieves "smashing and grabbing" side windscreens to bag car booty

RAC Auto Windscreens is warning motorists about rocketing theft from cars, with a 23pc rise in the number of smashed side windows reported last year due to opportunistic thieves grabbing expensive gadgets left in clear view in unattended cars.

Research carried out by RAC Auto Windscreens reveals that despite a car theft taking place every 22 seconds, over 40pc of motorists regularly leave valuables on show when their cars are unattended, making rich pickings for thieves who are increasingly smashing side windows to bag booty. A further quarter of motorists admit to leaving gadgets on show and unattended for more than 10 minutes at a time.