The number of thieves taking cars by first burgling the keys from the owner's home has risen sharply – this year's figure is 19 percent up on last year's.
Parliamentary figures have shown that at least 53 householders lose their vehicle in this way every day, with London the worst affected area in the country.
AA Insurance has highlighted the issue, pointing out that recent claims have shown that thieves are brazen enough to not even wait until the owners are out of their homes before launching raids – the company has reported thefts occurring while the owners are in their back gardens or even while they are in bed at night.
This method of theft is clearly the one of choice for the modern car thief as overall car theft has fallen by 14 percent in the same timeframe.
A total of 19,401 cars were stolen after the crooks had first taken the keys, accounting for 15 percent of all 147,470 car thefts in the last year.
Reassuringly, this suggests the modern car is getting harder to pinch, but it also stresses that thieves are searching for new methods and will exploit any carelessness.