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Close to half of UK motorists have left car keys with strangers

Friday 09 September 2016, By AutoVolo

Close to half of UK motorists have left car keys with strangers

Close to half of UK motorists have left car keys with strangers

A new survey has revealed that more than 40 per cent of drivers in Britain have left their keys in the possession of a complete stranger.

Conducted by YouGov, the survey saw 2,028 people questioned and revealed that nearly half of them had left their car keys with someone they didn’t know, despite the obvious security risk.

People admitted to leaving their keys with those working at a garage, car wash or secure car park. However, despite leaving their keys with these people, 71 per cent failed to check whether or not they were a member of an accredited code of practice or other professional body.

The poll was brought in after police figures highlighted a rise of eight per cent in car thefts in the year leading up to March 2016. However, today there are fewer than 80,000 vehicles stolen each year, compared to the figure of 620,000 recorded in the mid 1990s.

Sarah Newton, minster for safeguarding, vulnerability and countering extremism, said: “With thefts significantly lower than they were 20 years ago and manufacturers using the latest technology to make our cars safer than ever, the public would be forgiven for putting vehicle crime to the back of their minds.

“But the recent rise in the number of reported crimes is a reminder that determined thieves are still out there and we should remain vigilant.”

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said: “New cars have never been so secure and the latest technology has helped bring down vehicle theft dramatically.

“Technology can only do so much, however, and while car makers, the police and government continue to work together to ensure that stealing cars is as difficult as possible, these latest figures show there’s more consumers can do to minimise this.”