Good Evening everyone,
I hope you are well. We are having a number of increased car and motorbike thefts. I have provided some helpful hints and tips below. Hope it helps.
Car crime makes up a significant number of all recorded crimes across the United Kingdom. Car crime can be destressing and inconvenient, as you could be without your car for a long period of time.
This could be due to waiting for the garage to make repairs or for your insurer to pay. The majority of car crime occurs from criminals seeing opportunities and taking them. But you can easily outsmart the car thief by following the advice within this section.
Top Tips for Car Security
Don’t leave valuables on show - It might sound obvious but leaving items on show is an invitation to the opportunist criminal – mobile phones, satnavs and mounts, power leads, money, wallets, handbags, sunglasses, coats, jackets and bags should always be removed from the car or hidden well out of sight.
Hide Keys & Fobs - Keys and ignition fobs should be kept safe and out of sight and reach. A common way to steal a car is to take the keys or ignition fob, so never leave them in the car, even if its is unattended for a moment. When at home ensure that your keys and ignition fob are kept well away from windows or doors so that they cannot be seen by a potential thief, and never leave them close to the front door where they can be accessed through letterboxes.
Lock doors & lose windows – Always lock and close the windows of your car when you leave it unattended, be this on the drive, the petrol station forecourt, when de-icing your car in the winter or when getting a ticket to park. An unlocked car is the easiest to steal or steal from.
Fit an Alarm – If your car is not fitted with a manufacturer fitted alarm and or immobiliser, consider installing an approved system. Ost new cars come with an alarm fitted., you can find out more from the Thatcham Research Centre: www.thatcham.org
Install a Tracker – Tracker systems can increase the recovery of your car if it is stolen. Many systems activate once the car is stolen and track the car via GPS and other systems. SBD have several members which specialise in the area and can advise you on the best system and fitting of the product for your car type.
Use Physical Security – Consider using physical security such as a steering wheel lock, wheel-clamp or even a bollard or post on the drive to prevent removal of the car as modern car thieves prefer not attack these types of physical security devices as they want to get away quickly without getting caught.
Secure your number plates – Fit theft-resistant number plate fittings. Stolen number plates are commonly used t hide the identity of stolen cars. Use one-way clutch head crews to secure the number plate.
Your car at home – Consider a garage alarm. If you gave a house alarm system, consider connection it to the garage. Park your car on the drive, if your drive has gates, consider closing them at night and when your not using the car.
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