It may be difficult to protect your car from a determined, professional
thief, but most car crime is committed by opportunists who may be put
off by relatively cheap security precautions.
Remember, it only takes a thief a few seconds to get into a vehicle.
Here are some tips and hints from West Midlands Police…..
Fit an alarm and always use it
All new cars are fitted with electronic immobilisers but if your car is
over four years old, consider having an immobiliser professionally
Fit a locking petrol cap and wheel nuts
Buy a steering lock and use it every time you leave the car
Have your car registration number etched on every window
Security mark all valuables in the car, such as radios and Sat Nav
systems, using an ultraviolet pen and keep a record of all property
Consider fitting a vehicle tracking device
Lock all windows, doors and the sunroof whenever you leave the
vehicle, even for just a few minutes
Never leave keys in the ignition — even for just a few seconds or to
heat the car up in winter
Remove all valuables — never leave anything on display
Check your Fob has done the Job!
‘Car key crime’ is where thieves specifically target car keys to steal
Reducing the risk:
When at home at night make sure car keys are not in view. However
we do not advise keeping them in the bedroom.
If you have a garage, always make sure the car is parked in it overnight
Invest in a tracking device so if your car is stolen it stands a better
chance of being traced. If your car is fitted with a tracking device
make sure you know how to activate it
If you are bumped or rear-ended in a suspicious way, do not leave
your car. Lock the doors and windows and drive to the nearest police
Never leave the keys in the ignition when leaving your car, e.g. when
paying for petrol or getting a ticket to park
Keep your Sat Nav safe from thieves by:
Not using it on daily trips – you know the way to the supermarket!
Take portable Sat Navs with you when leaving the car, together
with the support cradle and suction pads
Wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or
dashboard – thieves will look out for these
Don’t leave the equipment in the glove box – thieves will usually
check there first
Don’t leave anything on view in your vehicle. Thieves are opportunists
and it only takes them moments to break into your vehicle