Vehicle break-ins spike after clock change

Auto Windscreens has seen broken glass claims in all vehicles rise this month, with most claims the result of ‘break ins’.

The company said this spike in October is a familiar trend, with numbers also increasing last year after the clocks went back.

However, despite this increase as the nights gets darker, body glass claims have actually halved since 2011, falling from 1,171,000 to 729,000.

Shaun Atton, Auto Windscreens’ business development director, said: “Body glass claims are often as a result of theft from a vehicle, and it’s good news that we’ve seen these type of claims reduce year on year, but it suggests when thefts do take place, criminals are finding different ways to break into vehicles, through locks and doors. When we see these type of glass claims, the majority are usually during November.

“During the next few months, with shorter days and darker nights, we’d remind all drivers, including fleets, to remain vigilant.”