Drivers still fear their vehicle being stolen or broken into despite a fall in car crime, a survey suggests.
Car crime is not as prevalent as people imagine
More than 80% of drivers questioned by the RAC said they feared car crime, however the same number had no such experiences last year.
Motorists also said protection from crime was more important in a new car than comfort and performance.
The motoring organisation said it appeared "fear of crime is slightly disproportionate to the actual risk".
RAC spokesperson Nina Arnott said: "Our research reveals widespread concerns
about car crime despite an actual reduction in the number of victims.
"This perhaps reflects the coverage of high profile crimes in the media and the
increase of crime entertainment programmes."
The RAC's research also showed that geographical location affects perception
of car crime.
Londoners are more likely to worry about carjacking and being
attacked or robbed than motorists in any other region.
In addition, nearly half of all London motorists worry about having their car
stolen when parked away from home, compared to just three in 10 for the rest of
Despite being a relatively rare occurrence, 10% of motorists are concerned
about carjacking, with women being more concerned than men.
Female motorists are also more likely to worry about violent car crime,
with three in 10 fearing being attacked or robbed while in their car, compared
with one in 10 male drivers.
The RAC said despite the fall in car crime there was "little room for complacency".
It urged drivers to lock their doors when driving, never leave their car unlocked and do not leave valuables visible.