October 11, 2009 19:00 ET

Yellow Stickers Give Green Light to Criminals

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 11, 2009) - A controversial scheme in Tunbridge Wells in which Police attach bright yellow stickers on cars with valuables on display has proved unpopular with a number of insurers, warns Swinton.

Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of car insurance, has agreed with claims that the scheme only helps to sign post criminals to vehicles the suitable for break-ins.

The scheme, in which police leave bright yellow stickers, similar in appearance to parking tickets, on the windscreen of cars which have valuables on display, open windows or unlocked doors which are 'vulnerable to attack'.

Joanne Johnson, a motorist from Manchester said: "I hope they don't introduce anything like this in Manchester. If I ever leave a valuable on display in my car, it's normally a complete oversight. The last thing I'd want is someone putting a big sticker on my car to let criminals know of my mistake."

Steve Chelton, Insurer Development Manager for Swinton, said: "Although we would not condone motorist leaving valuables on display, we feel it grossly inappropriate for the police to then draw attention to these vehicles to would-be-criminals."

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