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Car industry 'winning crime battle'

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New figures show that vehicle manufacturers seem to be making progress in keeping car thieves at bay.

Criminals stole 107,000 vehicles last year, down from 119,000 in 2009 and 143,000 in 2008 and a huge drop of nearly 600,000 on the annual statistics from 20 years ago, according to data from the police and the car and van insurance industry.

A large number of those stolen vehicles were over three years old.

Motorists must make sure they have a comprehensive car insurance policy in the unlikely event that their car gets stolen.

The figures were revealed as part of this year's British Insurance Security Awards.

Volkswagen UK bagged the best manufacturer award, while Audi UK claimed the second position and Volvo UK third. Vauxhall UK was honoured with the top van manufacturer award.

Winners in the best security individual model category included Audi A1, the Volvo C30, and the Citroen C5 Exclusive.

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Paul Everitt said: "Car and van manufacturers take vehicle security very seriously and strive to stay one step ahead of criminals.

"The sustained reduction in the number of vehicle thefts demonstrates the progress that has been made and today's awards reflect the high priority security continues to have for all vehicle manufacturers."

© Press Association 2011