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17 February 2011

Car break-ins surge in January

Christmas gadgets are a target for thieves, says Autoglass

January is the worst month for car crime, according to new statistics released by glass replacement and repair specialists Autoglass.

Experts at the leading glass replacement and repair company believe thieves are at their most active just after the festive period as they target vehicles looking for new technology bought for Christmas.

The figures showed that for the third year running there was a spike in the number of cars being broken into in the first month of the year, with close to 13,000 body-glass replacements being ordered by Autoglass customers.

Autoglass also revealed the top ten car crime hotspots in the UK, based on the number of call outs Autoglass technicians received for broken body-glass. North London topped the list, followed closely by Glasgow and Manchester.  Last year, Autoglass technicians replaced over 125,000 pieces of body-glass, many smashed by criminals breaking into vehicles.

Matthew Mycock, managing director of Autoglass, said: “There is a high amount of car crime in January and some of that can be attributed to the fact that criminals believe vehicles will have new gadgets such as satnav devices or hands-free phone kits which were given as Christmas presents.

“Our advice to drivers is not to leave any valuables on show or even stash them in the glove box as that is the obvious place to look.”

The full top-ten car crime hotspot list based on number of call-outs for body glass repairs received by Autoglass depots is:

1. North London (covered by depot in Walthamstow)
2. Glasgow
3. Manchester
4. Croydon
5. Cardiff
6. Birmingham
7. Hendon
8. Leeds
9. Watford
10. Sheffield

Autoglass offers a rapid response for car crime damage, aiming to get to victims and secure their vehicle the same day. The company is currently trialling a scheme which promises to get to customers within three hours.

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