Swinton Insurance

September 20, 2009 19:01 ET

Swinton Offers Autumn Warning For Motorists

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2009) - Swinton, the UK's leading high street insurance retailer is warning motorists to watch out for car thieves this autumn.

During the months of September, October and November, Swinton often sees a sharp hike in car insurance claims due to car crime.

In a poll of 1,000 customers, 28% of drivers said they are most worried about their cars during the autumn months, but only a staggering 7% said they take extra precautions during this time. Swinton believes the hike in car crime during the autumn could be due to the clocks going back, meaning longer nights and increased criminal activity after dark.

Swinton is offering motorists the following safety advice:

- Never leave valuables on display in a car when left unattended

- Store your car in a secure garage whenever possible

- Security timed lights outside a home may deter thieves from breaking in to a car

- Fit your car with an immobiliser, an electronic devise which prevents the engine from running without the correct key

- If you cannot leave your car in a secure garage or drive, then leave your car locked and in a well lit area

Steve Chelton, insurer development manager at Swinton car insurance said: "Motorists must take extra precautions during the long nights of the autumn months. Being a victim of car crime can be very distressing and by following simple precautions it may deter thieves from identifying your car as their next target."

About Swinton:

- With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer

- Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community

- Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance

- With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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