We are not talking about nuisance vehicles here. Vehicle crime
tends to be theft of or theft from a vehicle. It is not cheap to
keep a vehicle on the road, and insurance costs can be high. Here's
what you can do to stop yourself having to make a claim.
Protect your vehicle
- Keep it locked - most obvious first, also make sure your
sunroof and windows are up to prevent 'fishing' thefts and make
sure everything is locked.
- Park wisely - choose a well lit or busy location or even better
use a Park Mark registered car park wheverever available.
- On show, it's going to go - we've already mentioned criminals
are opportunists, do not advertise your belongings. A tray of coins
or change might not seem much to you, but others would smash your
window to get at it.
- Remove valuables - Remove all valuables to your home, don't
risk getting your car boot emptied. Never leave your car log book
(V5C document) inside the car.
- Keyless vehicle thefts happen when somebody remotely clones
your key, allowing them to take your vehicle without breaking in to
physically steal your key. Keep your key inside a signal blocker
pouch or faraday bag and it can not be cloned.
- Secure your registration plate - these can be stolen and used
to disguise cars used in other crime. If it is stolen, inform the
- Work vans - install a lockable cabinet inside the van to store
your tools or even better, don't leave tools or valuables in the
vehicle at all. Add a sticker to your work vehicle to say, 'all
tools removed overnight'. Remember to register your tools on
imobilise.com or mark them with your surname and address.
- Catalytic Converter theft - unfortunately, the material these
parts are made from, makes them a target for theft. You can seek
advice from vehicle dealerships on approved locks. Alternatively
park in a garage or secure compound.