Three million drivers 'at risk of ID theft'Owners admit leaving sensitive documents in cars

09 April 2008

Unlocking a car remotely

Three million motorists are putting themselves at risk of identity theft by leaving bills and statements lying around in their car, according to new research.

The poll also found 12% of car owners admit to leaving more than £350-worth of valuables in full view on either the front or rear seats.

And 6% admitted to sometimes forgetting to lock their car altogether, according to the research from Direct Line Car Insurance

Mobile phones

The most likely items to be left on show include clothes for the office, sports equipment, letters, bills and statements, work files and mobile phones.

Jennifer Culley, of Direct Line, said: ‘With the rise in cases of identity fraud over recent years, motorists should avoid giving thieves further opportunities to obtain personal details which can be found on bills, bank statements and letters.’

There are a number of ways you can avoid becoming a victim of car crime.

Car crime

A securely locked garage will deter virtually all thieves.

If you park on the road, leaving your car between two others makes it harder to tow away.

Don't leave your car keys where a would-be thief can reach them – ideally, store them in a lockable container away from doors and windows.

Look for safe parking spots, such as secure car parks, when away from home and never leave valuables on display.