November 21, 2010 19:01 ET

Thieves Favour Fords Warns Swinton Commercial

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2010) - Swinton Commercial is warning drivers of Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter vans to be extra vigilant when securing their vehicles.

The UK van insurance retailer issued the warning after it was revealed by the Association of Chief Police Officers Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (AVCIS) that the Ford Transit was the most commonly stolen vehicle in 2009.

Mercedes Sprinter also featured in the top ten most commonly stolen vehicles of 2009 according to AVCIS.

Being a victim of car crime can have a bad effect on van insurance costs, as making a claim will mean paying the compulsory or voluntary excess and any build up of no claims bonuses will be lost. Subsequent policies are likely to be much more expensive.

With this in mind, Swinton Commercial is offering the following advice to all van drivers to keep their vehicles secure and their van insurance premiums down.

  • If possible secure your van in a locked garage or on a driveway

  • Fit your van with an alarm and an immobiliser, that is recognised by your insurer

  • Never leave your tools in the van overnight.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said, "Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter vans are popular with criminals because there is a huge black market for parts and larger components can be sold for scrap metal. All van drivers have to be extra vigilant in securing their vehicle at night."

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 603 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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