Status Symbol Cars Targeted by Vandals

Friday, 20 May 2011

Alan Partridge’s car of choice, the Lexus IS, is the most frequently-vandalised car in Britain, based on an analysis of thousands of vandalism claims by online insurer

The Lexus IS, followed by the BMW Z4, Mini ONE and Mercedes CLK, made up the top four, and the majority of the vehicles in the top ten were prestige cars, with the Audi TT and BMW X5 both featuring near the top of the rankings.
Robin Reames, claims director at online insurer, said: “Our research shows that luxury cars are more likely to be targeted by vandals. The majority of vehicles in the top ten are what we call ‘executive cars’, likely to be driven by high earners who see their car as a status symbol. Although people might have expected 4x4 vehicles to feature highly due to their reputation for being targeted by environmental campaigners, our research showed that only one 4x4 (the BMW X5) reached the top 10.”

The research found that high end brands were consistently targeted more than any others (BMW, Audi and Mercedes Benz were the three brands of car most likely to be maliciously damaged), and that “everyday” cars such as Ford and Citroen were vandalised less often. analysis shows the top ten cars most likely to be targeted by vandals

 Position Brand and model VV Index rating**
1 Lexus IS 5.56
2 BMW Z4 4.75
3 Mini One 4.62
4 Mercedes CLK 4.52
5 Audi TT 4.48
6 Mazda MX-5 4.31
7 BMW X5 4.24
8 Skoda Octavia 4.09
9 BMW 525 4.05
10 BMW 530 3.92

Reames continues, “Vandalism is difficult to prevent, but motorists can take measures to protect their cars. The most obvious one is not to leave cars on the street – if you’re lucky enough to have a garage, use it to keep your car out of harm’s way. Installing extra security features such as motion activated lights or security cameras will reduce your risk, as will a physical car cover to hide your car from view.”

*based on analysis of 1,949 claims for vandalism and malicious damage among the 830,000 UK vehicles currently insured by Figures adjusted to take into account numbers of cars on the road and cars with less than ten instances of vandalism/malicious damage per year removed.

**Based on the percentage chance that the car would be vandalised in a one year period, from 22 November 2010 to 22 November 2011, multiplied by 10. The most popular car on the road in the UK, the Ford Focus, has an index score of 1.9.


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