Direct Line, a provider of car insurance services, has offered no claims discount for customers who fall victim to vandals. The new and existing customers can avail this facility from January 2008 at no extra cost.

This benefit will help put drivers at ease if they become a victim of vandalism. In 2007, 7% of car owners experienced some form of deliberate damage to their car. Car owners who live in terraced houses and flats are more likely to experience vehicle vandalism, as they often do not have the luxury of a garage or a secure driveway to park their car.

Tony Chilcott, a spokesperson for Direct Line, commented: Unprovoked damage to your car is frustrating and distressing enough, without having the added worry of paying for the damage. Direct Line’s enhanced benefit gives customers added protection at no extra cost and at no risk to their no claims discount.