Don't give thieves an easy ride!
Your vehicle is often your second greatest financial investment
after your home. The loss of your vehicle or its contents can be
devastating, however, some simple measures can be taken to help
protect your vehicle and deter potential thieves.
Don’t tempt a thief
- Never leave anything on display in your vehicle; a bag on the
back seat is enough to tempt a thief.
- Remove all belongings including bags, lock them in your
- Always remove your portable sat nav system including any
support cradles and suction pads that are fitted to the windscreen.
If you can’t take it with you lock it safely in your boot.
- When you leave your car, close all windows including your
sunroof and ensure your car has been locked.
- Never leave credit cards or cheque books in the glove
compartment and don’t leave the vehicle documents in the car.
- Mark items such as CD players and sat nav systems with your
postcode or vehicle registration using a special security marker.
Your local Neighbourhood
Policing Team are able to assist you.
Use security devices to deter a
- If your vehicle doesn’t have electronic immobilisers, install a
steering wheel lock; these are inexpensive and easy to
- If you don’t have an alarm, get one fitted by a
- Get a lockable petrol cap. Some new cars have these as
Keep your keys safe
- When you leave the car always remove the key from the ignition
and lock all doors – it only takes a few seconds for a thief to
jump into your car and drive away.
- At home, never leave your car keys, or house keys, near a door
or window. Some thieves use a fishing rod or magnet on a stick to
steal them through the letterbox.
- When you’re out and about ensure your keys aren’t exposed –
it’s all too easy to leave them on a counter top or in an open
- If you have a garage, use it. Always lock your car and your
garage door. If you don’t have a garage, park on your drive or on a
well lit street
- Thieves always like to steal from cars which are parked in
places where they run the least risk of being seen. Avoid parking
in places that are concealed from public view.
If you witness suspicious activity around vehicles, call
the police on 101 or on 999 if a crime is in progress.