Car theft continues to be a growing issue despite manufacturers enhancing security on their vehicles. It is essential that you do as much as you can to protect your vehicle and its contents.

UKDPF have put together a few tips on how to protect your vehicle and its contents, some are obvious, and others may add an extra layer of security for your peace of mind.

Lock your car

Crime statistics show that nearly half of all vehicle theft is a result of a vehicle being left unlocked. Always double-check that you have locked your car, don’t make it easy for a thief.

Remove valuables

When leaving your vehicle unattended, remove any valuables. Note that sunglasses and loose change loosely tossed into the centre console can be a lure to a potential thief, those shades may not be worth much, but replacing a smashed window to acquire them is very costly.

If you need to leave any property in the car, keep it hidden in the boot or glovebox.

Get a steering lock

A steering lock is a good deterrent, it may not prevent a determined thief, but it is a great visual layer of security that discourages the opportunist thief.

Park in a well-lit area

If possible, park close to a street light. Avoid secluded areas with little foot traffic, thieves do not like to be observed.

Install a dashcam

Installing a dash cam or in-car camera that works in park mode will record any activity around or inside your vehicle. This could be beneficial when it comes to either recovering a stolen vehicle or may act as evidence for a prosecution.

CCTV

When parking at home, a CCTV system can safeguard your vehicle as well as your property. It will not prevent a criminal from stealing your car, but it is a visual deterrent. Most thieves do not want to be captured on camera as this could lead to them being identified by the police.

Motion sensor lighting

Motion sensor lighting will attract attention to anyone near your vehicle, which is an inexpensive additional layer of security.

Store your vehicle keys securely

Many vehicles have keyless entry and starting systems, criminals possess equipment that can detect the signal from your keys to gain access to your car and drive it away. A simple solution to this is to use a Faraday pouch, which blocks the signal between the keys and your vehicle. These can be easily purchased for only a few pounds.

Keep your keys away from windows in your home, secure them and keep them out of sight in the workplace.

Install a tracker

A tracking device will not prevent theft, but it could help you recover your car if it is taken. Some criminals steal a car, and then park it for a few days to determine if it has a tracker installed and is likely to be recovered. They do not want to be in possession of a vehicle if it is being monitored and they may be caught.

If you have a tracking device on your car and it is stolen, do not attempt to recover it yourself, pass on the information to the police and let them locate it. Never put yourself at risk, a criminal may be prepared to cause you serious harm if challenged.

Protect your catalytic converter

If your vehicle has a catalytic converter fit it with a catalytic converter clamp, this makes it very much harder for thieves to steal it. 

What to do if your vehicle is stolen

If your car is stolen dial 101, this is the non-emergency number for the police. They will require the registration number, the model and the colour of your vehicle. They will provide you with a crime reference number, which your insurance company will request when you contact them to make a claim.

If your vehicle is being stolen in your presence, avoid tackling a thief as you could be seriously injured. Call 999 if you are experiencing a serious threat.

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