Citroen’s C3 Exclusive has achieved the top security spot in the supermini and city car category at the first British Insurance Car Security Awards.

Presented by Hazel Blears MP, Minister of State at the Home Office, and backed by Thatcham, the Department for Transport, UK Insurers and supported by the Home Office, the new car security rating scheme assesses the two main issues of vehicle security – theft of and theft from the vehicle – within ten different vehicle categories.

Citroen’s C3 achieved a maximum five stars in the theft of vehicle rating while taking a four stars in the other.

In addition, the Citroen C2 VTR achieved the best security rating of any car under £12,000 in the performance car category.

Citroen believes this success is a result of working closely alongside leading research centres like Thatcham – the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre – early on in the design stage.

Detailed work covers not only locks alarms and immobilisers, but goes further to include covert identification of random parts, as well as tight control over the distribution of replacement security related parts.

This work also helps to ensure that the Citroen C2 and C3 offer the lowest insurance group ratings possible – group one and group two respectively.

Citroen UK managing director, Alain Favey, said: “This award is testimony to Citroën’s ongoing efforts to offer its customers the best insurance rates possible. To achieve this, we’ve worked hard to ensure that our vehicles provide both good security and low cost of repair, together offering our customers a double advantage.”