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UIA Insurance News

28th February 2011

Halfords reports rise in fuel thefts

Car insurance policyholders might consider upping their vehicle's security, as there appears to be more incidents of fuel theft.

Halfords says police forces in the UK have reported an increase in the crimes and the parts manufacturer has sold more locking fuel caps as a result.

What's more, some unscrupulous individuals have resorted to stealing number plates with a view to driving off from petrol stations without paying for fuel.

Rory Carlin, marketing director at Halfords Autocentres, said: "With ever increasing fuel prices this sort of crime will become more attractive to the criminal fraternity."

The cost of petrol is set to increase further during 2011 and Halfords has urged car owners to take precautions now before costs rise again.

Those with garages available might consider using them overnight, or when cars are to be left unattended for long periods of time, as it could make motors less accessible to thieves.

Posted by Mary Watts

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