Manitoba drivers whose vehicles are vandalized are getting a break on their insurance claims.

Manitoba Public Insurance says effective immediately, motorists with deductibles of $100 and $200 can qualify to have them reduced to zero when a claim is made for damage caused by vandalism.

The Crown insurance company expects the move will affect 75 per cent of all of its customers.

To help cover the move, most drivers will see a $3 to $5 rate hike on their premiums starting in March of next year.

MPI says there were about 10,000 vandalism claims last year, and that the issue came to the forefront earlier this year after a rash of crimes in the Winnipeg region.

The average cost of a vandalism claim is about $1,300.



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