Over a quarter of all recorded crimes are car
thefts or thefts from cars- like stereos and mobile phones.
It's a problem that affects us all no matter where we live.
lt diverts much police time.
A few simple precautions
can make all the difference.
If your car is stolen or broken into, it could
mean weeks of expensive inconvenience and losing your no-claims
bonus. It may be difficult to protect your car from a determined,
professional thief, but most car crime is opportunist and
you can put them off with vigilance and relatively cheap security
Basics - Never leave a car door unlocked
or a window or sunroof open - even when just going into a
shop for a moment or two.
Don't leave belongings in your car. A
thief won't know that a bag or coat doesn't contain something
valuable and might break a window to get at it. If you can't
take them with you, never leave things on display -
lock them in the boot.
Security mark your stereo and if it's removable,
always take it with you. Make a note of the serial
number and keep it in a safe place.
Don't leave credit cards or cheque books
in the glove compartment. 1 in 5 stolen cards are taken from
Never leave your vehicle documents in
the car - they could help a thief to sell it. Remove the ignition
key and engage the steering lock, even when parking in your
own driveway or garage - and don't forget to lock the garage
door. Always try to park in a well lit, open location.
Double check that all doors, windows, sunroof
and boot are locked before leaving it. And put your aerial
down to stop it being vandalised.
Together we can reduce crime