By Maria McCarthy in SAGA Magazine.
Many of us will remember the bad old days when car theft was a common phenomenon. It peaked in the early 1990s and a report from the Office of National Statistics reveals that in 1993, vehicle-owning households had a 1 in 5 chance of being victims of vehicle-related theft – whilst in March 2017 it was 1 in 25.
Before the early 1990s thieves would usually steal a car by hot-wiring it, but the time when that was possible has long gone. Vehicle security measures have improved hugely, making cars more difficult for thieves to break into and start.
In 2013 vehicle theft was at an all-time low of 70,000 down from 620,000 in 1992, because of these developments. One of the key reasons behind this has been the development of the New Vehicle Security Assessment (NVSA) which was first developed by Thatcham Research, the motor insurers’ automotive research centre 25 years ago.
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