Press release

Saga cautions drivers to hide their car key when in the house

Friday 30 March 2007

  • One in ten car owners leave their key on visible display in the house
  • 37% keep their spare car key 'hidden' in the house

Over 50s experts, Saga Motor Insurance, have today sounded a warning to the nation's drivers after their research revealed that one in ten car owners still keep their car keys on a key rack visible from outside the house, making them an open target for thieves.

Saga's study on attitudes towards key security shows that the most common place to keep car keys is in a handbag or briefcase (15%), although a diligent 13% keep their car keys on a key rack well away from prying eyes, with the over 50s slightly more security conscious (19%) than their younger counterparts (13%). Strangely, a much higher proportion of people make a more conscious security effort with their spare car keys with 37% ensuring they are hidden away from prying eyes!

When it comes to spare house keys, the days of leaving them under the doormat are thankfully long gone - almost one in three respondents (29%) said they leave a spare house key with a friend or relative, and a further 19% keep them locked away inside the house. Worryingly though, the study shows a lack of understanding over their levels of insurance cover, with two in three people admitting to not knowing whether theft of keys would be covered under their home insurance.

Andrew Goodsell, Chief Executive of SAGA said; "It might not be the first thing on your mind when you come home, but drivers should get into the habit of putting their keys somewhere out of sight, leaving them on display makes them an easy target for the opportunistic thief."


Notes to Editors-

Saga Motor Insurance already insures over a million drivers in the UK. Experience shows that drivers over 50 are less likely to make a claim on their car insurance than those under 50.

Key Features of Saga's comprehensive motor insurance

No upper age limits

Replacement car if yours is being repaired by on of our approved repairers following an accident anywhere in the UK for a maximum of 14 days

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

Emeregency 'any driver' cover - anyone with a full licence can drive your car in a medical or motoring emergency provided you are also in the vehicle

Get you home cover - up to 300 per incident for the policyholder and occupants of the vehicle for hotel and travel expenses incurred as a result of an accident.

Personal belongings cover up to 1000 as standard, automatically increased to 2000 around Christmas

Unlimited cover for audio/visual and/or communication equipment

Variable excess levels available

Protected no claims discount available

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