Protecting Your Vehicle

Thieves are likely to act upon car crime whenever they see an opportunity, however, it is possible to easily outsmart them using the tips below.

Simple precautions can be taken, including:

  • Storing valuables in a place where they cannot be seen - If a thief sees any valuable items in a car it is likely to attract them, so keep your valuables locked in the boot or, alternatively, take the items with you.
  • Ensuring all windows are shut and doors are locked - If a thief notices that your windows are open or your doors are unlocked, they may try and steal your valuables when you are stopped at a set of traffic lights so, to prevent this, keep your doors and windows locked. This type of precaution will also help to reduce the risk of car-jacking.
  • Installing a tax disc holder that is hard to remove - If a thief sees that your tax disc is easy to remove it may draw their attention, so to prevent this, install a tamper proof tax disc holder that makes it difficult for a thief to remove.
  • Marking your postcode on devices such as, your cassette/CD player or mobile phone - A thief is likely to be attracted to your car if valuables are visible such as, cassette/CD players or mobile phones. One prevention method would be to take the items with you, or, if that is not possible, mark them with your postcode. Alternatively, another method would be to install a security device that would prevent the theft. It would also be helpful to note the serial number of each device and keep these in a safe place, making it easier for items to be recovered, if stolen.

Vehicle protection methods can be used, including:

  • Vehicle tracking - Vehicle tracking can be split into two categories – fleet management and stolen vehicle tracking – that allow the car owners to track the position of their vehicles whether they are being used to perform jobs around the country or have been stolen.
  • Installing car cameras - There are 3 types of car cameras – in-car witness cameras, forward-facing cameras and reversing cameras. Car witness cameras record the actions of the drivers and passengers inside a vehicle; Front facing cameras record the actions of other drivers on the road; and reversing cameras show the driver the area around the rear of the car to help in situations where parking is difficult.
  • Fitting physical and electronic immobilisers - Electronic immobilisers are those which are connected to the electrical systems in vehicles and require the use of a coded key to turn the device off, whereas physical immobilisers are devices such as wheel locks, or wheel clamps, which need to be manually fitted each time you leave the car and removed when you return.

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