The usual vehicle related risks of vehicle owners are accident damage and vehicle loss through criminal activities such as hijacking or theft. It is however also possible that vehicle damage could be as a result of some environmental factors such as falling trees or building materials – and then there is also the remote chance of vandalism!
Sportsmen it appears might have to be a bit more alert to the risks of vandalism as passionate fans might vent their frustrations not only through verbal abuse – but also by damaging property!
I have found an interesting story from Associated Press about such an incident in the UK and would like to share this:
“Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll’s chrome-plated Range Rover has been set on fire outside teammate Kevin Nolan’s house.
Security men stood guard outside Mr Nolan’s detached house in leafy Darras Hall, Northumberland, as police examined the charred remains of the luxury vehicle for clues. Mr Nolan’s garage door was also daubed in graffiti in the attack.
Magpies’ star Carroll, who was recently tipped for a call-up to the senior England squad, is staying at team captain Nolan’s house as part of his bail conditions after being charged with an alleged assault. The incident comes a little over a week before Mr Carroll is due at Newcastle Crown Court to answer charges that he allegedly assaulted a teenager in a nightclub.
It appears that this incident might not be the result of poor performance on the pitch –but rather the alleged bad behaviour away from the pitch.”
In the sports environment we always say that class is permanent but form is temporary. Perhaps sportsmen need to take this into account – have their car insurance checked – and rest assured that their vehicles are protected when their form takes a dip!!