What you can do to help protect your car from theft

An increase in thefts of expensive makes of cars with keyless technology has recently hit the headlines. In fact half of all car thefts take place without the use of keys! (Thatcham Research, January 2015). So here’s some advice on how to help prevent it.

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:

  • Make sure your car is secure before you leave it, even if you just need to leave it for a few minutes. Always shut the doors and windows and lock your car.
  • Never leave your car running unattended and always remove the keys from the ignition.
  • Never leave any personal items on display. It takes thieves seconds to smash a car window and steal your property.
  • Use secure car parks ideally with monitored barriers or park in busy well-lit areas.
  • Use a visual and physical deterrent such as a steering wheel or gear shift lock.
  • Install an audio alarm or get an electronic engine immobiliser fitted, if it doesn’t come as standard.
  • A tracking system can be an excellent investment and if fitted along with the other devices might result in a lower insurance premium.

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.

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