According to Thatcham Research, over half of all reported thefts are for cars less than 5 years old as new technology has made it possible to gain access particularly where keyless systems are compromised.
Cars are often exported for re-sale or broken up for spare parts dramatically reducing the recovery rate by the police.
Every day car models such as Ford Fiestas and Vauxhall Corsas top the table but this comes as no surprise when they are the most popular makes in this country. Neither is the fact that the highest numbers of stolen cars are reported in our capital city London.
However, it is reassuring that car thefts are still in decline in this country which has largely been attributed to the use of more sophisticated car security technology by car manufacturers.
Here are some simple steps you can take to help deter opportunist car thieves:
The more layers of protection you can add the less appealing your car will be to criminals. Search for Thatcham Quality Assured security devices.
And last, but by no means least, make sure that your car keys are not left in an obvious place such as a key hook by the front door or in sight when you are out and about, as this is an easy place for would-be thieves to look.
If your car has been stolen, you can find advice on the Government’s website.
Read the Metropolitan’s Police’s advice about protecting your car from keyless car thefts.