Co-op launches online map of the nation’s car crime hotspots

27 July 2017

• New interactive tool launched to help identify areas of car crime as Co-op Insurance’s claims data reveals a 20% increase in car theft.

Co-op Insurance has launched a new interactive map which displays the number of vehicle related crimes in postcodes across the country.

Park Smart aims to help people make sensible choices as to where to park their car, based on the number of vehicle related crimes that have taken place over the last six months using government crime data.

Users simply enter their postcode from anywhere across England and Wales and the Park Smart tool will highlight the risk level in each area based on vehicle theft, theft from a vehicle and vandalism.

Areas are colour coded red, orange or yellow to make it easy for users to identify areas of concern.

Vehicle crime remains one of the most well reported incidents on police record and so Co-op Insurance is urging motorists to park securely in order to avoid break-ins.

James Hillon, Director of Products at Co-op Insurance:

“Year on year we see a 20% increase in car thefts across the UK. Our tool will allow drivers to make safer choices about parking and in turn, help to keep communities safe.”

As well as choosing a parking space with low crime rates, Co-op Insurance advises that motorists should:

  1. Park close to other cars
  2. Turn wheels towards surrounding vehicles
  3. Turn wheels towards the curb
  4. Park on main roads or near shops and restaurants
  5. If you have a steering lock, use it

Furthermore, it’s advised that drivers keep bags and coats out of sight as criminals could mistake them for concealing valuables. Any paperwork which includes identity should also be kept from view.

To find out the car crime rates in your area visit www.hub.co-opinsurance.co.uk/park-smart/

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About Co-op Insurance

Co-op Insurance is a UK-based general insurer that operates principally within the personal lines segments of the motor and home insurance markets. The Co op Insurance underwrites the majority of business written, supplemented with some small lines of business where The Co op Insurance acts as a distributor or has a 100% reinsurance arrangement in place.

With more than 1.18m customers, The Co op Insurance is committed to ‘Doing the Right Thing’ and always strives to treat customers and members fairly. The Co op Insurance pioneered the way in lowering the insurance premiums of young drivers as the first major insurer to launch a pay how you drive telematics insurance product for young drivers in 2011. Since launching the scheme, The Co op Insurance has saved its young drivers more than £7.2 million in their first year of driving.