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Although the average cost of insuring a family car is #360, the costcan vary by more than #330 depending on where you live, from just #235 tonearly #570, according to a survey by the AA. "Of course, there is a closelink between car crime and the cost of cover," said Andy Briscoe, managingdirector of AA Insurance Services. "Five of the 10 most expensive postcodeareas for insuring a Ford Focus have vehicle theft levels three times theUK average." The survey highlighted the fact that, generally