Drivers urged to show care with keys

British motorists have been warned to show care with their car keys, with many people failing to be adequately cautious with their property.

According to research by Saga, one in ten car owners still keep their car keys on a rack that is visible from outside the house – offering a temptation to thieves.

For some reason, a much higher proportion of people take care with their spare car keys, with 37 per cent of respondents to the survey saying they keep their second set of keys hidden away.

Some 15 per cent of people keep their keys in handbags of briefcases and another 13 per cent keep them on a rack that cannot be seen from outside the house.

Drivers over the age of 50 were found to be slightly more security conscious than younger motorists, with 19 per cent showing deliberate caution with their keys, compared to 13 per cent of under-50s.

Andrew Goodsell, chief executive of Saga, said: "It might not be the first thing on your mind when you come home, but drivers should get into the habit of putting their keys somewhere out of sight; leaving them on display makes them an easy target for the opportunistic thief."

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