Hot wiring cars is a thing of the past, according to research from insurer LV who have found that it accounts for just one in 50 vehicle thefts.
This type of crime is officially known as ‘forced ignition theft’, and has been on the decline for years. But as recently as five years ago, it was the way in which almost a fifth of all stolen cars were taken.
Car key theft is now by far the most common method, accounting for two thirds of the 150,000 cars stolen each year. And in 40 per cent of car thefts, the keys are taken from the owner’s house during a burglary.
The switch in methods has had a dramatic impact on the average time it takes to steal a car, too, plummeting from 60 seconds to just 10.
LV car insurance managing director Jonh O’Roarke said: “Improvements in car security mean that criminals now place a greater emphasis on stealing the keys rather than forcing the ignition.”