One in 12 Irish motorists victim of car theft over past five years
"Whenever leaving your car unattended it’s important not only that you lock up, but that you double check you’re not leaving any small, valuable items in plain sight."
Almost one in 12 Irish motorists have had their vehicles damaged as a result of theft or attempted theft within the past five years.
A recent AA Car Insurance survey of over 3,000 Irish motorists showed that almost one in 12 stated that damage had been caused to their vehicle as a result of a theft attempt during the last five years.
The survey also found that a further 30.59% of motorists had been the victim of attempted car theft at some point in their driving history.
Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs said: "While it does appear that car thefts or attempted break-ins are occurring less now than they may have been in the past, it remains a problem that hasn’t truly gone away.
"Modern technology certainly makes stealing a car more challenging, but unfortunately we do still hear of new and innovative methods being used by those trying to steal vehicles.
“To help minimise the risk of a car theft, we would encourage motorists to ensure they keep their keys in a discreet, secure place when the car isn’t in use."
Repair costs faced by motorists who have had their car stolen or broken into can quickly add up, with one in five of those affected having to spend between €500 and €1000 on repairs.
He continued: "Quite often when we discuss car break-ins, it’s not so much a case of the car being the target but more a case of someone hoping to steal valuable items in the car, such as a wallet, handbag or a phone.
"Whenever leaving your car unattended it’s important not only that you lock up, but that you double check you’re not leaving any small, valuable items in plain sight.
“While your insurance may include cover for personal belongings in your vehicle if they are stolenor damaged during an attempted break-in, it’s important that you store these items away carefully to avoid the risk of your claim being refused.”