December 20, 2009 19:00 ET

Thieves Target Christmas Tools in Overnight Van Raids

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2009) - UK van drivers are being warned of the dangers of leaving brand new tools in their van overnight.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of commercial vehicle insurance, saw a 13% hike in claims in the first week of January last year, which it believes is a result of damage to vans from attempted theft of brand new tools bought as Christmas presents.

Swinton is urging van drivers to remove tools, old and new from their vans overnight to reduce the chances of a break in and a possible van insurance claim.

Swinton is also advising van drivers to take out additional tool cover to protect the cost of replacing tools that may be stolen.

Swinton is offering the following tips to prevent a van break in:

- Where possible lock the van in a secure garage

- Remove tools from your van overnight

- Use a no tools left in vehicle overnight sticker

Phil Moss, commercial vehicle insurance Manager at Swinton, said:" Van drivers need to be more security conscious after Christmas when thieves are likely to target in the hope of stealing brand new tools. It is really important that van drivers remember to remove tools from the back of the van overnight to reduce the risk of damage to vans."

About Swinton

- Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group

- Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009

- 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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