Monday, 2 August 2010

Baby you can drive my car

Everyone knows that a car alarm only serves one purpose - it's the easiest way to irritate your neighbours, short of leaving a flaming paper bag full of dogshit on their doorstep.

Engine immobilisers, steering locks - they're all completely worthless if you really want to deter thieves from stealing your wheels. If they want your car, they'll take it, even if it means driving it down the street with lights flashing, sirens blaring and half the steering column lying smashed in the footwell.

The simple fact is, if you don't want your car stolen, you have to make it as unappealing as possible. Which explains why a new study conducted by an Assistant Professor at the University of Tilburg has found that cars painted in less conventional colours get stolen the least.

It makes sense I suppose. The easier a car is to spot, the harder it is for a thief to make a clean get-away unnoticed. The most commonly stolen vehicles are black and silver which, coincidentally, are also the most popular colours when it comes to new car sales.

Interestingly, of all the cars that were studied between 2004 and 2008, not one of the 109 pink cars were stolen. So, provided that you're happy driving around in something that looks like the 'Compact Pussycat' you'll be safe as houses.

At least now we know why Lady Penelope in Thunderbirds always looked so smug. FAB1, the plummy puppet's triple-axel limo, may have looked like a sweet ride, but no car thief with any sense of pride would be seen dead in it.

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