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Astra Mk II tops thieving list

Pre-1995 cars with relatively poor security systems are three times more likely to be stolen than new ones, according to statistics published by the Home Office today.

The 2002 Car Theft Index shows that small saloons and cars over 12 years old are the most likely to be stolen, with the Vauxhall Astras Mark 2 SX (1990-92) topping the list of the ten most vulnerable cars.

The Government is committed to reducing vehicle crime by 30% by 2004, says Home Office minister John Denham: “Providing consumers and manufacturers with reliable information about which cars and bikes are targeted by thieves helps them play their part in reducing this costly crime.

“This research should encourage owners, particularly those who own cars or bikes which are vulnerable to theft, to take simple steps to prevent their vehicles being stolen and inform their decision when buying a new car or motorbike.”

SMMT chief executive Christopher MacGowan says: “Modern cars are more resilient to car crime but the industry remains committed to continuous security improvement and encouraging drivers to think about the way they can help themselves help reduce these figures even further.” For more information here

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