Small cars such as Smart cars and Minis are most at risk from vandalism, including door scratches, new research has found.

More than one in every 100 Smart cars falls victim to vandalism every year, while Mini owners are the second highest at-risk group, with one claim for every thousand each year.

Alfa Romeos, BMWs and Mazdas round out the top five vehicles targeted by vandals. The analysis, by Churchill Car Insurance on claims from 2013-2017, also revealed that 15 per cent of vehicle vandalism is through cosmetic damage, such as scratches and spray paint.

In 2014, a spate of vandalism of Smart cars in the San Francisco Bay area saw vandals turning the cars upside down. And in Amsterdam in 2009, vandals tipped a number of Smart cars into the city’s canals!