East Devon car theft claims among the lowest

East Devon motorists are among the least likely to have their car stolen.

New data for UK car thefts has identified the EX postcode as one of the safest in the country.

It ranks at number eight in the top ten safest areas, according to analysis by price comparison site MoneySuperMarket.

It looked at 5.9 million car insurance quotes between May 2018 and May 2019 to identify the postcodes with the highest rate of reported car theft claims. Data looked at a a five-year period.

East London’s Ilford and Romford top the list, with a car theft rate of 16.1 and 15.4 per 1,000 quotes respectively.

Kirkwall, the largest town in the Orkney Islands, is the safest location, with the lowest rate of reported car thefts at 0.3 per 1,000 quotes.

Research showed that motorists aged 40 to 49 are the most likely to have a claim for a stolen car (6.16), whilst 17 to 19 year-olds are the least likely (1.53).

You can further reduce you chances of having your car stolen in East Devon by parking it off the road and keeping your keys safe. When you are out and about, park in well-lit areas and ensure your car is alarmed.

Tracking devices and steering wheel locks are also good deterrents.

Rachel Wait, consumer affairs spokesperson at MoneySuperMarket, said “Having the right level of insurance is key to minimising any cost, should your car get stolen. However, prevention is always better than cure. There are simple steps – like parking your car off the road and not leaving high value items on display – that can go some way towards preventing theft.

“Protecting your no claims discount will prevent any nasty hikes to your premium. If you do have to make a claim after a theft, make sure you shop around at your next renewal. Moving to a different insurer could save you up to £2452 on your annual bills.”

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