The terrifying ordeal for unwitting motorists of being targeted in queues accounted for one in six fleet car attacks in the past year.
The study also found that belongings being left on display in cars meant the average haul from a typical fleet motorist was now £594.
The findings are produced in the 12th annual Autoglass car crime report which reveals the cost of attacks to motorists last year totalled almost £1.4 billion. It also quizzed fleet drivers on other implications of an attack on their vehicle and estimated that each incident costs 27 business hours on average, in terms of lost business equipment or information and the car being off the road.
Autoglass managing director Nigel Doggett said: ‘While car crime figures might be going down year on year, car crooks are becoming increasingly bold in targeting victims.
‘And it’s no wonder when today’s portable technology means fleet motorists are sitting ducks for smash-and-grab crooks who can’t resists taking a chance on getting their hands on a car full of gadgets, even if the car owner is sitting in their vehicle when they strike.’
The company suggests that fleets should educate their drivers to stow valuables out of sight, even if they are sitting in the car.
A copy of the report has been sent to Home Secretary Charles Clarke.
The most commonly stolen items from fleet vehicles:
Report highlights latest crime statistics
FINDINGS in the Autoglass car crime report include: