posted 5 years ago

UK's Most Vandalised Cars

The UK's most vandalised car is the Lexus IS, according to Swiftcover.com's Vehicle Vandalism Index.

The UK's most vandalised car is the Lexus IS, according to Swiftcover.com's Vehicle Vandalism Index. This contains data from thousands of malicious damage insurance claims, which enables the company to give cars vandalism ratings. As such the IS scored 5.56, the BMW Z4 finished second with 4.75, and the Mini One third with 4.62. Trends suggest that prestigious vehicles are most likely to be targeted. The top ten features four BMWs, a Mercedes-Benz, and an Audi. These marques are also among the most likely to be stolen and recovered, according to 'Tracker' who supply stolen vehicle tracing systems.

Following a few simple steps minimises the risk of vandalism and theft. The first is to park in prominent, well lit, areas – preferably covered by CCTV. Furthermore, hide 'interesting' items from view as these can attract unwanted attention. Adding – then publicising via stickers – security features such as an alarm also deters crooks. It is even possible to install on-board surveillance cameras. The trick is to make your vehicle a risky target so the vandals look elsewhere. After all, criminals want to minimise the risk of being caught.

Motorists can never guarantee the safety of their vehicles. There are too many hazards and isolated parking spaces. That said, those who take sensible precautions have a 'better than not chance' of finding their cars exactly as they left them. The trick is to be aware of crime but not paranoid. Worst case scenario, scratches and dents can always be fixed.