Most motorists claim to have been victims of car crime, finds Direct Line.

The UK's biggest direct writer is calling on car owners to make life difficult for criminals and vandals after a survey found that 70% of motorists claim to have suffered.

In the survey, 53% of drivers say they have had their car vandalised, 18% have had their car stolen and 32% have had property stolen from inside their car.

Despite these figures, almost 30% continue to leave their mobile phone on display in their parked car, as well as 30% who leave handbags, 15% who leave money and 10% who leave credit cards or cheque books.

A further 16% admitted they had left their keys in the ignition with the doors unlocked and 27% had left their windows or sunroof open when parked in a car park.

Direct Line motor business manager Steve Treloar encouraged drivers to take precautions against car crime by locking doors, windows and boots, never leaving the car unattended with the keys in the ignition, setting the alarm and testing the car security system, parking in secure, well lit areas and always taking personal possessions out of the car.