November 01, 2009 19:00 ET

UK Vans are Driving up Security

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 1, 2009) - Commercial vehicle drivers are more conscious about securing their vans than ever before, according to research by Swinton.

A survey of 2,000 van insurance customers by Swinton Commercial found that 87% had either bought or updated security equipment for their vehicle in the past 18 months.

The most popular crime prevention methods were:
1. Immobilisers 
2. Trackers 
3. Additional door locks 
4. Steering locks 

Of those questioned, 61% were most concerned about the contents of their van, and 22% about the vehicle itself. When asked why they were more worried about security a whopping 91% believed that the recession could lead to a greater degree of crime.

A safety conscious 91% said that they would never leave their van unlocked and unattended, but admitted to doing this regularly two years ago.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton, said: "In some areas of the UK, the recession has led to increases in petty crime. However, this has had a positive effect on our van drivers as they are becoming increasingly more safety conscious.

"At Swinton we can offer a variety discounts on commercial vehicle insurance to customers whose vehicles have additional security features, such as approved trackers and immobilisers."

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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