Insurers contacted if you don’t lock your car, cops say

Car insurance companies are likely to be contacted by Lancashire police upon finding unlocked parked cars, motorists were recently warned.

Vehicles left unattended and unsecured across South Ribble have all been broken into over the past few weeks, leading to the loss of audio equipment, clothes, and wallets.  Frustrated police officers have begun carrying out spot checks in Farington and Lostock Hall in Leyland, discovering approximately 40 vehicles left unsecured in a single morning, with the owners issued warnings to be more careful – or their motor car insurance providers will hear about it.

South Ribble Detective Inspector, Geoff Hurst, commented on the recent spate of incidents in the region, stating that as crime has actually gone down within the district over the few years, these incidents are unfortunate indeed.  One of the major problems within the region is that drivers are not only failing to properly lock their cars, the detective inspector said, but that they are leaving untold numbers of expensive goods in plain sight within their vehicles – an open invitation for criminals to make off with their valuables.

Hurst said that one of the recent spot checks found an extremely expensive sports car unlocked.  However, things got even worse after discovering that the owner, upon being approached by the police in his home in order to inform him, did not even properly shut the doors of his own home.

The detective inspector remarked that police officials will continue to alert car owners that have left their cars unlocked during these early morning spot checks, adding that they may begin to inform the owners’ insurers as an added incentive to keep their doors locked.  Insurers may raise car insurance rates or decline to honor any claims made for stolen cars or property if they are informed beforehand that one of their customers is not locking their car doors.

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