According to new figures from Lloyds TSB Insurance, more than a quarter of a million cars were stolen in the UK in 2004.
With car thefts accounting for one in twenty car insurance claims in 2004, the insurer is warning motorists to take every possible measure to prevent their car falling victim to thieves.
Separate figures from Lloyds TSB suggest that most thefts take place near the home, so the insurer is warning drivers to be particularly careful about ensuring their car is locked when parked in their drive or street.
Clearing all possessions away, removing car stereos and having the registration etched into every glass surface, including headlamps, can also help to reduce the chance that your car will fall prey to thieves.
"Car crime might be falling, but our figures show that car theft is still the reason for a huge number of motor insurance claims, and this is in no small part due to the false sense of security we feel around our homes," said Phil Loney, managing director of Lloyds TSB Insurance.
"It's not too hard to imagine how, at the end of a long day at work, we forget to lock our cars, wind up the windows or remove our valuables, but it can mean we'll make easy prey for car thieves."
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