Vehicle security – don’t give car 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 it.

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 boot
  • 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 the sunroof) and make sure you lock the car
  • 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 Police Team are available to assist you
Use security devices to deter a thief
  • If your vehicle doesn’t have electronic immobilisers, install a steering wheel lock – these are inexpensive and easy to fit
  • If you don’t have an alarm, get one fitted by a professional
  • Get a lockable petrol cap (some new cars have these as standard)
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 (learn more about car key safety).
  • 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 handbag
  • 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.

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