Press release

Car theft rife in the West Midlands

Monday 15 August 2005

  • 56% more cars stolen than UK average
  • 12% more likely to experience theft from vehicle

Research from Saga Motor Insurance today reveals the regional differences between motor insurance claims in the UK.* Car owners in the West Midlands are 56% more likely to have their car stolen than the national average and 12% more likely to experience their personal belongings going missing from inside the vehicle.

Motorists in the region seem to have more valuable cars than the majority, as stolen motor claims in the West Midlands cost 16% more than the national average to settle.

On the upside though, the region overall makes just as many claims as the rest of the country and 9% less claims for damaged windows, suggesting that the roads in the area are in better condition than some, including the East Midlands, where motorists make almost 20% more windscreen claims than average.

For more information on Saga Motor Insurance call 0800 484 184

-ENDS-

Notes to editors:

*All figures based on claims data from Saga Insurance Company Ltd. Figures correct as at 05-02-05

About Saga Motor Insurance

Saga offers personal belongings cover for 1,000

Replacement hire car during repairs following an accident anywhere in the UK for a maximum of 14 days

Cover when driving in the European Union, at no extra cost and for an unlimited period

Protected No Claim Discount available, provided there has not been more than one claim in the last two years

Emergency 'any driver' cover - anyone with a full licence can drive customer's car in a medical emergency provided they are also in the vehicle.

Get you home cover - up to 50 per person for driver and up to five passengers for travelling or accommodation costs incurred after an accident.

Variable excess levels - choose to pay more towards the cost of each claim and premiums can be reduced

Saga motor insurance won the award for best motor insurance at the Guardian/Observer Consumer Finance Awards 2004

Saga's claim service received acclaim in the latest wave of Which Magazine research, which proclaimed that 'Saga's claim service was head and shoulders above any other company in terms of satisfaction with claiming

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