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Ten great tips are listed below, or for help preventing items being stolen from your car visit car theft prevention.

  1. Think about where you store your keys. A trend over the last few years has involved keys being stolen during house burglaries, so your vehicle can be stolen. Sometimes criminals 'fish' for sets of keys that are hung near the door on a rack, this involves putting a pole, often with a magnet through a letterbox, then driving away in a short space of time.  Simply think about where you store your keys and move them to a less obvious place, to make it harder for thieves.
  2. Consider where you park. Ideally when travelling use a "Park Mark" inspected parking area. If you can search for these before starting your journey.
  3. Think about where you park at home. If you park on your drive or your street, don't be complacent, this is where most crimes take place. Cut back overgrown hedges that may hide offenders.
  4. Consider solar security lights (they're easy to fit ad don't need mains power). Criminals don't want to be seen, these are great ways of improving security.
  5. Consider 'low technology' solutions. Steering, gearstick or handbrake locks may seem old fashioned, however they will all take time for a criminal to remove. This increases the chances of them being caught and so is another deterrent. These can help protect against a new wave of crimes against 'keyless go' and 'smart key' enabled vehicles.  You can find these in our shop.
  6. More hi -tech solutions include fitting a vehicle tracker, if one doesn't come as standard. Although these may help recover the vehicle, rather than prevent from being stolen in the first instance.
  7. Another option you may not know about is Forensic Security Marking, see a video and get a discount code for this great product here.
  8. Never leave your keys in the ignition, even if you are only away for the vehicle for a short period of time. Times this can be a temptation include when defrosting your car or van, or when delivering items.
  9. To help avoid towing theft (your car being towed away by a thief) always leave your car in gear and turn the steering wheel to the kerb.
  10. Consider where you keep your keys if you are using facilities such as sports changing rooms. These areas can be targeted by criminals.

How Many Crimes Happen Where I Live?

  • The year ending June 2014 Crime Survey for England and Wales stated around 4 in 100 vehicle-owning households being victims in the year.
  • 2,400 incidents per day on average, over 900,000 a year.
  • If you want to find out exactly how many people have been a victim of crime near you in the last month then keep an eye on your local media.

Are There any Products That Could Help?

Crime prevention includes adding additional layers of security to deter potential thieves. There are a whole range of products available to purchase. As a general rule consider those that have been Sold Secure, or Secured by Design tested.

  1. Forensic Security Marking. A Police back system to prevent thefts, see the video and get a discount code here.
  2. Security Lighting. Garage burglars don't like to be seen, consider security lighting, solar security lighting can be a easy way to light areas without extending your power supply.
  3. Handbrake and steering wheel locks. These may seemed old fashioned, but still are an added layer of security for the criminal to get around. This may be enough to put them off.

We've picked out a number of good options in the shop section of this website. Follow the links to see independent customer reviews of these products from Amazon customers, read reviews to help you decide which product will be best to prevent a criminal stealing from you.
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Sources
http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crime-prevention/vehicle-security/keyless-theft.htm
http://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/crime-prevention/vehicle-security/theft-of-car
http://www.staffordshire.police.uk/media/1910548/secure_your_vehicle_leaflet

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