Around three million cars a year are vandalised

Almost three million cars a year are vandalised in the UK, costing the British motorists £1.9 billion every year.

According to research from Churchill Car Insurance, almost three million cars a year are vandalised in the UK, with the average cost of repair amounting to £661 per car.

Churchill says the problem is far more widespread than official numbers suggest, as more than one-third (34 percent) of cases are not reported to the police.

Despite this, though, the police data shows that incidents of vandalism are on the up, with 2017’s figures representing a 9.5 percent increase compared with 2016.

Almost a fifth (18 percent) of British motorists have now had their vehicles vandalised at some point, and though 41 percent of these people believe they know who the perpetrator was, police close more than 60 percent of cases without ever identifying a suspect.

Churchill’s research found that victims identified neighbourhood disputes are the most common cause of vandalism, accounting for around 10 percent of cases, while a further 10 percent are blamed on current or former partners and love rivals.

However, police statistics would suggest that many incidents of criminal damage to cars are the work of children. Over the past three years, 20 percent of cautions for the offence have been issued to youths.

Steve Barrett, head of car insurance at Churchill, said: ‘A moment of anger or mindlessness on the part of the vandal can cause victims long-lasting stress and worry and, as our research shows, can cost motorists dear.

‘It’s an extremely unfair act and while not all cases will result in a conviction, we strongly advise victims to report vandalism to the police. If repairs aren’t made to even small scratches and dents, the condition of the vehicle will deteriorate which could significantly impact the resale value.’

Read also: