Don’t leave your car keys on the hall table

Thanks to the efforts of motor manufacturers and insurers, it is now virtually impossible to steal a car without the keys. So car thieves have started burgling houses and nicking the keys instead. In 2008/09, the Home Office says that 19,400 cars were stolen after car key burglaries, or 53 a day. One particularly impressive new skill is slipping a fishing rod through the letterbox and lifting the keys from a hall table or convenient hook by the front door. According to the insurers I spoke to for this article, car crime is now taking place on “an industrial scale”. But they also admit that they have no idea if it’s a genuine increase – or if their new systems are only now revealing the full picture.

Author: Katie Puckett

I am an experienced journalist, copywriter and editor who has covered the built environment for nearly 20 years. I’ve interviewed thousands of senior executives, politicians and experts in many fields and travelled to report on stories throughout Europe, the US, the Gulf states and India. My articles have appeared in many business and professional titles including Building, Estates Gazette, Inside Housing, the Bartlett Review, Insurance Times and Lloyd’s Market. I am co-author, with architect Bill Gething, of Design for Climate Change, published by RIBA, and I launched and edit The Possible, a thought leadership magazine for global engineering firm WSP. I'm also co-founder of Wordmule, an editorial studio that specialises in buildings and cities.

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