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Car crime prevention tips

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 precautions.

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 cars.

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

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Page last updated: Thursday, 13 January, 2005