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If a criminal really wants to steal your car or van it is difficult to completely prevent this. What you should do is try and make this as difficult as possible for them to achieve.

If a car theft is difficult, awkward and risky the offender may choose an easier target.

The three main methods used to steal cars are using vehicle keys stolen via a burglary, forcing the ignition without a key and using keys left in the vehicle. These methods are explored in more detail below.

2-in-1 Burglary

A 2-n-1 burglary refers to a house being burgled with the aim of using car keys stolen during the burglary to steal your car.

UK Car theft statistics state this method accounts for 1 in 3 of all vehicles being stolen.

Modern cars have a range of security devices fitted that make them very difficult to steal without the use of a key. Due to this thieves will target homes with the aim of stealing vehicle keys. Try and prevent this by securing your home and by keeping vehicle keys hidden in your home. Don't leave keys hanging next to the door.

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Forcing the ignition.

This involves a criminal breaking into a vehicle then breaking the ignition / steering lock to gain access to the switch the ignition barrel turns, or pulling out the wires and connecting them themselves to start the car. This method (known as hot wiring) was once very popular, however due to immobiliser systems the success of this method is now limited.

Keys left in the vehicle - an opportunistic thief

The third most common method of stealing a car involves keys being left inside the vehicle by the vehicle owner. Opportunist thieves can then take advantage of this.

A few common times when you may be tempted to leave your keys in the vehicle include when de-icing the car during winter, while stopping at an ATM machine to 'quickly' get some cash, while getting or paying for fuel or when 'dashing' into a local shop.

Don't take the risk – always remove your keys from the vehicle. More experienced thieves may use a distraction method such as causing a slight accident, this then 'encourages' you to leave the vehicle to check the damage, before thieves enter the vehicle and steal it using the keys you have left in. Always be aware.

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1. If you have any crime prevention products use them. Don't leave your car unprotected.

2. Don't leave your car open or the keys in the vehicle no matter how short the time is you're away from your vehicle. An opportunist thief will only need a few seconds to take advantage of an unlocked car.

3. Always shut your doors, windows and sunroof. Leaving these open provides easy access for criminals and your first defence has been breached. Shut and secure these even if you are just leaving the car for a few seconds.

4. Park in a well lit area so any potential offender has the risk of being seen if they attack your car.

5. Ideally choose an area covered by CCTV, this is another deterrent that could impact on a criminals thought process and encourage them to choose a different victim.

6. Choose a busy area, people travelling past your car on a regular basis will make it more likely a criminal will be spotted.

7.  Consider using crime prevention products that may help prevent items such as Sat Navs or SmartPhones being stolen from your vehicle.

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1. Secure your keys. New vehicles have a range of anti-theft devices included. Using the keys is sometimes the only way to steal the vehicle. Always ensure your keys are secure. This includes any spare sets in your home.

2. 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.

3. Consider fitting an immobiliser to your car, such as the Cobra A8510 Thatcham Category 2 Immobiliser  if there isn't one fitted as standard.



4. car alarms – although often heard and sometimes ignored – will still provide some deterrent to a criminal. An alarm will draw unwanted attention to the thief.

5. Mark the car by using a product such as SmartWater. The Police look for SmartWater when they recover property. Knowing your vehicle has SmartWater on it could be enough of a deterrent to a criminal.

6. Consider etching a mark into the vehicle such as the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) on the windows this makes the vehicle less attractive for those looking to strip it for parts.

7. Install and subscribe to a TRACKER system. TRACKER's stolen vehicle recovery products are operated by all 52 UK Police forces. Using TRACKER's unique Very High Frequency (VHF) radio technology, the Police can track the stolen vehicle even if it is being transported in the back of a lorry, hidden in a shipping container or lock up garage. This is unique, unlike TRACKER's competitors' GPS-only systems which rely on being able to see the sky to determine the location of your stolen vehicle.

See anti car theft security products

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The majority of car crime still involves items that are left on display such sat navs and audio devices.  There are a number of other areas to be aware of such as catalytic converter theft and fuel theft.

Sat Nav Theft Crime Prevention

The Nav Mat

 

The Nav Mat Universal GPS Mount  is a good solution for viewing Smartphones in vehicles, securely holding most electronic devices. Because it extends to 9cm, it is compatible with many devices

Does not require any tools for installation..

The Nav Mat replaces holders which stick to your windscreen.  Windscreen mounted devices leave suction marks to show a criminal there may be a sat nav or smartphone in the vehicle.

Read more product information and read customer reviews of The Nav Mat Universal GPS Mount to ensure it is the correct product for you.

This product is Secured By Design Approved


The Nav Pack II

the Nav Pack II is an alternative to holding your Sat Nav or Smartphone on a windshield mounted dock.  Thieves look for suction marks on windscreens, the Nav Pack prevents suction marks being left.  This little video shows how the Nav Pack does this nav pack video.  One of the main advantages of the Nav Pack II is it's padded case that can protect your GPS when it's not in use.  This makes the product portable and easy to keep out of view.

Amazon customers have reviewed this product, read the Nav Pack II reviews here

The Nav Mat II

A similar product to the Nav Pack is the Nav-Mat II Ultra Thin Dash Mount.  The aim of this product is to prevent suction marks being left on windscreens, this is a very popular product.

See the Nav Mat II video showing how the Nav Mat II Is portable and easy to keep out of view or read dozens of Amazon customer reviews for the Nav-Mat II Ultra Thin Dash Mount here.

The Nav Mat II uses the factory windshield mount sold with most sat navs

Works on uneven or textured surfaces

Contours to your dash 

Secured By Design Approved

 

Catalytic Converter Theft Devices - 

Invest in a Armacat,or Catloc a new way to protect your catalytic converter from theft. These devices fit to vehicles and could prevent it from being attacked, click on the amazon picture link below to read more about these products.

This is a quick guide to Catalytic Converter theft, the full guide can be found by reading catalytic converter theft prevention.

Catalytic converters are stolen due to the range of valuable metals used in their manufacture.

Catalytic converters contain a range of precious metals including platinum, palladium, rhodium and gold.  You may not be familiar with some of these metals, however  they have all increased in value and criminals know they can sell catalytic converters easily as a result.

Platinum has more than doubled in value between Sep 2008 and March 2012. Palladium has increased by more than 200% during the same period. Rhodium has increased from $1250 to $1400 an ounce between January and March 2012.

Catalytic converters are also relatively easy to steal, very few vehicle owners are aware of this crime prevention problem and so don’t take crime prevention precautions.

Due to the catalytic converter being more exposed and therefore easier for a criminal to access, vans and vehicles higher from the ground are most at risk.

The cost of replacing the catalytic converter on these vehicles can be between £500 and £1000, this is in addition to the time the vehicle will be off the road and the problems this can cause.

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1. When away from your home try and park in well-lit busy areas. This may make your vehicle a less attractive target for a a fuel thief as there is more chance of them being disturbed.

2. If you have a garage park your car there as often as possible.  Fuel thieves will have to deal with this extra security and may be put off and find another, easier, target.  To help secure your garage a PJB Garage Defender may help, read more about the PJB Garage Defender here.

 

3. Consider purchasing a motion activated light for your drive and possibly a surveillance camera if you have to park your vehicle on a outside the home (and not in a garage). 

Motion activated lights switch on when motion is detected and can be enough to put criminals off. Getting an external power source fitted can be expensive – mycrimeprevention.co.uk sell a range of solar security lights that don't need a power source to be fitted.

4. anti fuel theft syphoning kit devices are on the market, however at this time none have gained approval from Secured by Design or Sold Secure and mycrimeprevention.co.uk do not recommend any. 

 

   

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