LONDON — Company drivers in the United Kingdom are twice as likely as other motorists to become victims of smash-and-grab attacks while sitting in a jam or at traffic lights, according to the 12th annual Autoglass car crime report, as reported in Fleet News, a UK-based fleet management magazine. The study revealed that the cost of attacks on motorists in 2005 totaled almost £1.4 billion, and that each attack costs 27 business hours on average. According to the report, the most commonly stolen items from fleet vehicles include:

  • Briefcases/luggage: 21%
  • Laptops: 20%
  • Mobile phones: 20%
  • CDs/cassettes: 13%
  • Cash/check book/credit cards: 13%
  • Clothes: 10%
  • Digital cameras: 6%

    According to Fleet News, other findings included:

  • One in 10 fleet vehicles in the UK fell victim to car crime in the past 12 months.
  • Nearly a third of fleet managers think their drivers don’t do enough to prevent car crime, but 29 percent don’t give their drivers guidelines to help them reduce the risk of becoming a victim.
  • Fleet managers estimate a £2,536 annual cost, on average, of increased insurance premiums due to car crime.