Vehicle break-ins on the rise, research finds

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When managing a fleet, there are any number of things to consider to ensure that everything runs smoothly at all times. Whether it be using the right lubricants to help aid efficiency, or acquiring tools to reduce harmful emissions, the task of looking after vehicles to ensure they are best equipped to benefit the wider business is never ending.

But, with eyes always looking forward to the future, it can be easy to forget that some age-old problems are still an issue. Namely, vehicle break-ins.

A rising problem

According to latest research carried out by RAC Insurance, nearly a quarter of a million vehicles were broken into in 2016 (the most recent year for which there is a complete set of figures) across England, Wales and Scotland. This represented a 4% increase from 2015, or an additional 8,698 vehicles.

The largest increase was seen by City of London constabulary, which saw a staggering 76% rise when compared to the previous year. Northamptonshire saw the second biggest rise (41%), while Wiltshire and Dyfed-Powys were third, with each force seeing a 23% rise.

Across England, Scotland and Wales, more than half (26) of police forces reported that they had seen an increase in vehicle thefts, while only 15 saw a reduction. For fleet managers up and down the UK, these figures will quite rightly be cause for concern.

Insurance for assurance

RAC Insurance director Mark Godfrey has warned that with more and more drivers using mobile phones to navigate, and subsequently leaving such devices in their vehicle when they reach their destination, more and more criminals are seeing opportunities to make a quick profit.

“The fact remains that every time a driver leaves a valuable item clearly on display they are running the risk of becoming a victim,” he said. “The old advice of making sure nothing of value is left on display is still as valid as ever.”

Insurance can protect vehicles, fleets and drivers alike. It offers peace of mind, and means that harm is not exacerbated should something untoward or unwanted happen. And, though there is constant innovation with regard to technology that can deter criminals, it would seem that in some cases at least, those with unlawful intentions are still able to commit vehicle-related crimes.