Industry News from Yes Insurance
15 November 2006 Remove your sat navs, urge police
Police in Edinburgh have started a new awareness campaign urging drivers to remove their expensive satellite navigation systems or face more break-ins.
Thieves are reportedly targeting cars where the guidance machines are left on display, with over 70 cases reported in the last three months alone.
Sergeant Annette Wayte told the Scotsman that sat navs were becoming an "easy target".
It appears that simply hiding the sat navs or only taking the actual machine with you is not enough, since opportunist thieves recognise the cradles or the marks left by their suckers and assume the guidance system will be somewhere inside.
"Our advice is to remove the system from the car altogether when you're not driving," she added. "You shouldn't leave any expensive items in your car unattended."
Earlier in the year, Surrey Police warned drivers on a 25 per cent increase in the amount of car break-ins between April and June, caused by thieves spying satellites navigation kits on display.
Break-ins can prove to be costly even if nothing of any value is stolen, since it raises your car insurance premium.© Adfero Ltd