LV= says keyless car theft driving motor claims

Car theft claims have risen by more than 20% in each of the four years from 2016 to 2019 with keyless cars accounting for the biggest proportion of these claims.

The research from LV= General Insurance found that London had seen the biggest rise, with vehicle theft claims increasing by 265% since 2016, while Birmingham, Nottingham and Greater Manchester have also seen increases of over 100%.

Heather Smith, managing director at LV= GI, said: “From keyless cars, to Apple’s recent CarKey partnership with BMW, which means drivers can unlock and start their vehicle with an iPhone, car technology continues to advance.

“But unfortunately so do the methods criminals use to steal them, so consumers need to keep on top of new innovations and take extra precautions to ensure they stay one step ahead of criminals who may try and take advantage of them, and their cars.”

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