How to steer clear of car crime!

#1
A lot of vehicle crime is the result of criminals seeing opportunities and taking
them. You may not suffer from car crime just because you own a car, and it is
not something you should fear, You can easily outsmart most criminals by taking
simple steps to secure your car.
Most car crime can be prevented.
Don’t give criminals an easy ride.

‘Let’s look at security devices’
Locks or other security devices will always put criminals off. You Can get information
about vehicle immobilizers and security products by calling the Vehicle Security
National helpline on 0870 550 2006. Make sure any device is approved by a recognised
organisation such as Thatcham (0870 550 2006) or Sold Secure (01327 264687).


Electronic immobilisers are effective against thieves but must be professionally fitted
(for example, by a main dealer or fitters approved by the Vehicle Systems Installation
Board).


Many thieves target wheels. To protect your wheels and tyres, fit locking wheel nuts.
They are expensive and are easy to fit.

Mechanical immobilisers, such as steering wheel locks, are not expensive and easy to use.
Some more useful information to follow.






 
#2
Keep Your Keys Safe.
Remember to keep your keys in a safe place at all times. Remove the ignition key the ignition key every time you leave your vehicle, even when you are filling your car with petrol or just popping into the newsagents, and particularly if you warm your
your car up in the winter. It only takes a few seconds for someone to jump into your car and drive away.
Stereo.
Most car thieves want car stereos. Get one that you can remove or that has a front that you can take off.
Belongings.
Even an old coat on the back seat is a target for someone to smash a window and grab it.
Don’t leave anything on display. If you have to leave items in your car, put them out of sight at the start of your journey.
More to come, I hope it helps.
 
#3
Etching.
Arrange to have the vehicle registration number etched on to all glass surfaces, including headlights. Or, you can use the last seven digest of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or a unique identifying number that is linked to a recognised database. (Loss Prevention Council standards 1224 and 1225).

Security Markings.
Consider marking all your valuables, including the stereo and things that you often take in your car. Use a unique identifying number (either one that is linked to a recognised database or the vehicle registration number) or use your postcode, and keep a note of any serial number in a safe place.
Marking can help trace an item that’s yours as well as the person who stole it. Ask the crime prevention officer at your local police station about marking schemes.
If you follow this lot nobody would want to take you car!!
 
#4
These are great something everyone should take note of. Can I add...

Faraday Bags

These are little bags to keep your ignition key and debit/credit cards in. They cannot be read by devices that are designed to record your code by brushing up against you. One of the modern stealth thefts.

The bags aren't expensive and can save your valuable car and stop your bank account being emptied.
 
#5
Doors and windows.
Lock all doors, close all windows and shut the sun roof every time you leave your car – however briefly. many cars get broken into in the few seconds that the car is out of the driver’s sight. You should also have a lockable fuel cap.
Driving.
When driving, it makes sense to keep valuables out of sight, all doors locked and all windows closed.
Parking.
If you do not have a garage, always try to park in a well-lit and open place. The police run a Secured Car parks scheme which aims to make car parks safe and more attractive by setting high crime-prevention standards for designing and managing them.
Car parks that meet the standards are entitled to display the official ‘Secured Car Parks’ plaque. For a list of Secured Car Parks in your area, contact the crime prevention officer at your local police station who will be happy to help.

Stolen Goods.
A lot of stolen items are sold on to the public. If you’re offered ‘bargains’, you could buy stolen without knowing it. Stick to shops and dealers that have a good reputation.
‘That’s your lot if your car gets stolen now don’t blame me’.!!
 
#6
These are great something everyone should take note of. Can I add...

Faraday Bags

These are little bags to keep your ignition key and debit/credit cards in. They cannot be read by devices that are designed to record your code by brushing up against you. One of the modern stealth thefts.

The bags aren't expensive and can save your valuable car and stop your bank account being emptied.
 
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