Car thefts spark AA frosting warning

By Charlotte Whyatt - Mon 5th Dec 2016
Car thefts spark AA frosting warning

The AA have issued a warning to UK drivers about leaving cars unattended with the keys in the ignition while they defrost, after a spate of thefts in Birmingham early last week.

Within just thirty minutes, thieves managed to get away with six different cars all of which had been left unattended with the keys in the ignition in order to warm up.

“We call it frosting,” said AA spokesman Ian Crowder. “Cold weather is a car thief's friend and the security of the car is only as strong as the security of your keys''.

In 2015, it is estimated that on average 52 cars were stolen per day because the thief had easy access to the keys. Although overall the total number of cars stolen up and down the UK is falling, the number taken last year following the robbery of keys jumped by nearly 20%.

One of the biggest motivations to not end up falling victim to frosting is the fact that an insurance company is unlike to compensate you for it. Most will rule against a vehicle that was stolen because it was left unlocked and unattended, in their eyes the fault lies squarely with the driver and their inability to keep the car secure enough.

Cris Collings of Swinton Insurance recommends that drivers use an ice scraper or a windshield cover to de-ice the car so they don’t have to leave it unattended.

“On frosty morning, it’s incredible how many drivers leave their cars running and nip back inside to finish getting ready – an open invitation for thieves. People need to use a touch of common sense when there's a touch of frost”.

Source: Somerset Live