Tuesday 02 Apr 2019
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
- When you leave your car, close all windows (including the sunroof) and make sure you lock the car, even if it's only for 'a couple of minutes'
- Check that all the doors are definitely locked when you press the remote locking device
- Never leave anything on display in your vehicle – a bag or coat can be enough to tempt a thief
- Never leave identity documents such as credit cards, passports or driving licenses in the car, even if they're hidden in the glove compartment. Don’t leave the vehicle documents in the car either.
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.
Established in 1989, Secured by Design (SBD) is the title for a group of police projects focusing on the design and security of quality security products and crime prevention projects. It supports the principles of ‘designing out crime’ through physical security and processes.
You can search for police approved products on the SBD website.