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Alex cashes in on car thief’s good driving!

Reporter: Richard Hooton
Date online: 22 May 2014

A TEENAGER was devastated when his car was stolen — until he found the smooth-driving thief had helped him reduce his car insurance!

Alex Cooper (17) from Moorside was happy to hear his Vauxhall Corsa had been recovered with little more than a broken window within hours of the theft, thanks to a GPS tracker.

But then came the good news: the thief had racked up an impressive driving score on the black box device fitted by his insurance company.

The device monitors the driver’s performance, with smooth and responsible driving rewards.

The crook scored a perfect 10 on the device when Alex had otherwise managed no more than an eight. Better still, Alex will keep the perfect score, which will contribute to his rewards for the year.

The black box was fitted by Alex’s insurer, Carrot, and works by calculating the driver’s speed, acceleration, smoothness and usage, which it turns into a driving style score for each journey.

Policyholders can monitor their progress online.

Alex said: “My heart sank until I found out the Carrot box had picked up the car’s location. We had it back within three hours.”


Presumably, Alex will now go back to his driving school trainer and ask him/her why he has a poor score in all the fundamentals of driving - and that's not before going to the examiner who passed him to drive on the highway!

So "Alex" will get a "reward contribution" for scoring 10 when in fact he never scored over 8 (i.e not perfect acceleration, smoothness and usage)

How is this not fraudulent, getting credit for something he didn't achieve?

Just shows what a farce these "monitoring tools" are when they can be so easily subjugated.

Oh lighten up. For once someone is getting a fraction of a reduction as a result of car crime instead of the usual case of all of us paying extra premiums because of insurance fraud etc.
Alex, I'm happy for you mate and hope the extra few quid make up for that heart stopping moment when you realise your car has been stolen.

Well done Alex. Law abiding, ensures his car is insured,taxed, and mot'd.. Oldham watcher. Cheer up. Alex has just had his car returned due to the fantastic vehicle tracking device. And the uninsured thief got beat. Who is the fraud here?

OldhamWatcher - its not fraud because Alex didn't set out to obtain any advantage by deception. It was the decision of the insurer to allow him the benefit of the high score.


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