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Fleets still a target as car crime drops

THE inconvenience car crime causes to fleets is becoming less common as latest Government figures show the battle against car thieves is being won.

But company car drivers are still being encouraged to be extra vigilant as they are a prime target for thieves, particularly if they leave valuables like laptops or mobile phones on show in their cars.

New figures show reductions in the overall number of crimes reported to police and in the British Crime Survey, which questions UK residents, are down. Police report that vehicle crime is down by 9% compared to last year, while the BCS survey puts the figure at 10%.

Bill Duffy, managing director of RAC Auto Windscreens, said: 'These latest figures on the trend of vehicle related crime are encouraging and will be welcome news to all motorists. However, considering the high proportion of car crime in the overall picture, motorists need to remain vigilant, to minimise the opportunities for theft and vandalism.'

The company recently announced that it was working with the Home Office and UK police forces to help beat crime.

It produced a 'safe sack' drawstring bag that encourages motorists to remove any valuables from their vehicles.

Earlier this month, car manufacturers were warned that unless they start fitting expensive laminated glass in side windows to improve safety, the Government may force them to through new legislation.

Home Office minister Hazel Blears was speaking at the British Insurance Car Security Awards when she urged carmakers to adopt the special glass (Fleet NewsNet July 6).

However, some aspects of the motor industry are concerned about fitting such glass, which they believe would force costs to rise and could make it more difficult to rescue people trapped in a car.

A spokesman for Pentagon Protection said the firm had answered such concerns with the launch of a security film it calls SupaGlass.

He said: 'This provides a high degree of additional security while eliminating the problems of spalling, which results in small, sharp shards of glass entering the vehicle and can cause injury to the occupant, and still allows for a broken window to by pushed out from inside of a vehicle.'

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