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If you own a car in Gloucestershire, Dorset or Cleveland, or know anyone who does you may be interested to know that these three areas experienced the biggest increase in police recorded offences against vehicles in 2011.

Out of all the policing areas in England and Wales these three experienced the biggest rise, increases of 14%, 10% and 9% percent respectively.

How can I prevent car crime in Gloucester, Bournemouth or Middlesbrough?"

Read more: Do you know anyone with a car in Gloucestershire, Dorset or Cleveland?

 

The most common method of stealing a motorcycle or scooter is to lift them onto the back of a van according to the Home Office's 'Steer Clear of Bike Crime' crime prevention guide.

The guide advises to always try and secure your motorbike or scooter to something which is solid and cannot be moved, like a ground anchor.

Sold Secure devices are also recommended as they have been tested to ensure they meet high standards.

There are many products on the market, with a variation in price and quality, this article looks at the features of three strong products.

The Oxford Brute Force Ground Anchor 

The Oxford Brute Force Security Floor/Wall Anchor is a high security ground anchor at quite a low price.  

This product has been awarded Sold Secure silver status and has bolts protected by a ball bearing and then covered when the lock is used.

Click on this link to read Oxford anchor customer reviews at Amazon, this may help you decide if it is the correct product for you.

The Abus WBA 100

If you have a slightly bigger budget then the Abus WBA 100  may be of interest.  

This is a 2kg product, heavier than the Oxfor Brute Force, it has very good customer reviews on Amazon, read them here, Abus WBA 100 but DOES NOT come with any Sold Secure approval, 

It is 16 x 16.5 x 6.5 cm and made of hardened steel, that is waterproof.

Oxford Anchorforce Ground Anchor

This third ground anchor, the Oxford Anchorforce Bolt Down - Ground Anchor is also more expensive than the Oxfor Brute Force, it is 3.5kg in weight,  and measures 23.6 x 15 x 13.8 cm.

This product has Sold Secure approval and is a big ground anchor!  

With products like these make sure you plan where to put it before installation as they can be tricky to remove (as this is the point of them!)

TRACKER offer a range of stolen vehicle recovery systems and motorcycles can be protected by Tracker as well as cars and vans.

Mycrimeprevention.co.uk have seen offers available that show 'up to 10% discount on your insurance policy if you have a TRACKER device fitted.'

Insurance companies may be prepared to offer these discounts as they feel TRACKER can greatly improve the chances of any stolen vehicles being recovered.

Read more: Does using TRACKER reduce the cost of motorcycle insurance?

A 2 in 1 burglary involves a house being burgled and car keys being stolen.  These burglaries are also called 'car key burglaries'.

In recent years cars have improved security devices fitted as standard.  Things like central locking, alarms and immobilisers.  It is now much more difficult to steal a car than it was 20 years ago.

Cars still have a great re-sale value and are prized by criminals, if a car has these security devices fitted how do you steal it?  The answer is sometimes break into a house and steal the car key, then drive away using this key.

Once stolen, vehicles can be tracked even if they are underground or in a container by products such as TRACKER Locate, TRACKER Monitor or if you have a classic car TRACKER Retrieve, however your home will still have been
broken into and this is not a pleasant experience.

What car keys and cars do burglars look to steal?

Read more: Do you know what a 2 in 1 burglary is?

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17% of people think that in the next year it is 'fairly likely' or 'very likely' they will be a victim of car crime in 2012/13
according to the British Crime Survey (BCS.)

This 17% is higher than the 13% of respondents who think they will be a victim of burglary or violent crime.  If you are one of those people who think they may be a victim of vehicle crime in the next year how are you trying to prevent this from happening?

Read more: 17% of people think they'll be a car crime victim, do you?

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