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Vehicle Theft On The Increase

Vehicle thieves are getting better at beating modern security systems by using new technology this is partly due to more thieves using high-tech means to steal vehicles, with a 30 per cent rise in vehicle thefts over the last 3 years, promoting calls for old-school anti-theft devices like steering locks to make a comeback.

The RAC obtained the figures from 40 police forces in England and Wales, which revealed that almost 86,000 vehicles were stolen in 2016 - up 30% from around 66,000 in 2013.

A Vehicle is Written Off Every 90 Seconds

New analysis by Churchill Car insurance reveals that around 384,000 vehicles were written off last year, amounting to over 1,000 every day, or one every 90 seconds.

With over 38 million full license holders registered in the UK, and almost 32 million cars, one in every 83 drivers has to have their car written off every year. The analysis shows that men aged under 25 are almost twice - 82 per cent - as likely to have a car written off that any other age group.

Across all age groups, the data shows that men are more likely to be involved in an accident leaving their car beyond repair, with men accounting for 57 per cent of write-offs every year and women being involved in 42 per cent of incidents.

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