It is the car equivalent of bullying. Vandals are more likely to pick on smaller vehicles than large ones when it comes to causing wanton damage on the streets.
Smart cars and Minis are more at risk from attacks than any other model, a study published today shows. More than one in every hundred of the German compact car falls victim to vandalism every year while Mini owners are the second highest group at risk, with one claim for every thousand each year. Alfa Romeos, BMWs and Mazdas are the other brands to make up the top five.
The analysis by Churchill was based on claims made between 2013 and last year. The most frequent type of attack was cosmetic damage such as scratches, which makes up 15 per cent of incidents. This is followed by front bumper damage at 12 per cent and front door damage which also accounted for 12 per cent.
October is the worst month for vandalism claims, with Hallowe’en pranks being a potential factor for an 8 per cent increase on the annual average. December is the quietest period.
Steve Barrett, of Churchill, said: “A moment of anger or mindlessness on the part of a vandal can cause victims long-lasting stress and, as our research shows, a large amount of money.
“It’s extremely unfair and while not all cases will result in a conviction, we strongly advise victims to report vandalism to the police, even if the damage is only minor.”