Tuesday 9th August 2011
Be Wiser Insurance

With opportunist car crime on the increase industry experts are saying they would like to see all windows in all new cars fitted with toughened glass. This would hopefully be a deterrent to smash and grab type crimes that often happen when the driver is in the vehicle stopped at traffic lights.

Safety and security technology in the manufacture of vehicles has seen significant advances in recent years and cars are safer than ever. However, a simple idea like this which has been overlooked may drastically cut crime.

In a recent poll by a leading car manufacturer it was revealed that around one in six motorists would like unbreakable safety glass in vehicles as a legal standard.

The costs of these types of break-ins costs the insurance industry more than £1.4 billion each year according to the Home Office and it is increasing all the time.

Currently, laminated glass is used in windscreens and has been a legal requirement since the sixties. Laminated glass is where there is a very thin layer of polymer between two layers of glass and is primarily used to prevent cracking and break on impact.

If this type of glass was used in all the windows of vehicles then not only would the risk of car crime lessen but also the chances of a passenger being thrown through the window in the event of a serious crash are considerably diminished.

"Security glazing is potentially the most significant security development since the introduction of the immobiliser, so it really does need to be embraced." Said and industry expert.

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