Research published by What Car? has shown that new cars are
more secure than they have ever been before, demonstrating the huge advances
manufacturers have made in improving security features for new models.
From small cars, to sports cars and 4x4s, What Car?’s latest
Security Supertest found that not one of the 60 models tested could be driven
away without the keys. Almost half could not be broken into. There were also
record scores in this year’s test with three cars scoring 100 per cent, 15 scored
at least 90 per cent and none less than 50 per cent.
Results prompted What Car? to say that car makers are responding
successfully to the problem, providing ‘one piece of good news’ in an otherwise
disappointing overall rise in car crime.
Commenting on the results, SMMT chief executive Christopher
Macgowan said, ‘This news confirms that the industry is doing its bit. The fact
that none of the cars could be driven away should be comforting news to new
car buyers in Britain.
‘Nevertheless, we need to be clear that car crime is a major
problem, and we all have a clear responsibility to make sure we take steps to
make stealing cars, new or old, a thing of the past’, he added.
Note to editors:
Christopher Macgowan sits on the Home Office Vehicle Crime
Reduction Action Team (VCRAT) and is also a member of the VCRAT Executive.