Motor Industry News
Car owners across the country are being warned to keep a sharper eye than usual on their belongings this Christmas, as credit crunch crooks look for easy pickings.
As the economy enters a deep freeze motorists have been warned that opportunist thieves are resorting to ever craftier means to steal vehicles and their contents.
Experts from the Home Office and car insurers are bracing themselves for a repeat of the surge in car crime that occurred during the last recession of the early 1990s and drivers are being warned to be on the lookout for suspicious characters loitering in the cold close to parked vehicles.
"Frosting, where car thieves hang-around driveways or streets waiting for careless drivers to leave their engines running while de-icing their vehicles is becoming more common because it's harder to steal modern cars without the keys," said Roger Powell, General Manager of mycarcheck.com, one of the UK's leading car data checking company.
"While the unsuspecting owner pops back into the house to get warm, or grab a quick cuppa, the thief jumps in and gets away before anyone has noticed."
"People shouldn't assume that their car is OK because it's parked in the driveway or there is someone further down the road scraping ice from a windscreen."
To avoid becoming an unsuspecting buyer of such a vehicle you should always insist on completing a vehicle check through mycarcheck.com (who recieve data from the Police) before you hand over any cash, you could find it the best £3.95 you have ever spent.