Having your car or vehicle broken into can be costly, timely and cause unnecessary distress. Here are a few basic tips on keeping your vehicle secure.
1. Lock your vehicle
It sounds basic but surprisingly theft from unlocked vehicles is still very prevalent. Filling-up or nipping into the house are examples of how easy it is to leave your vehicle unsecured. In many cases, insurers are reluctant to pay out in such circumstances as you have placed the vehicle at risk.
“Fishing” is a tried and tested example of criminal ingenuity. The slightest of gaps between the window glass and door frame is all that is required for a criminal to open a door from the inside using a metal wire. Even on a hot day, always ensure your windows are fully secured.
It’s common for criminals to change the number plates of a stolen vehicle immediately to avoid apprehension. Installing number plate screws such as the below makes this much harder.
4. Locking wheel nuts
Used alloy wheels are valuable and costly to replace. If you have alloy wheels secure them with anti-theft wheel nuts such as the below. Be sure to purchase them for your specific vehicle.
5. Outside your vehicle
Consider any items outside your vehicle such as in roof boxes, on roof bars or indeed bike carriers. These devices are built with easy installation in mind and rarely have adequate security. Using padlocks and bike cables to provide an additional level of security is always wise.
If you are purchasing new vehicle furnature, look for the Sold Secure kite mark.
6. Remove (or hide) the risk
When possible, remove items of value, or where not possible, make sure they’re out of sight. Vehicle criminals have been known to look for the suction cup rings on a windscreen as an indication of whether a Sat Nav is in the vehicle.
For tradesmen and women, tools are often their livelihood and removing them from their vehicle is often impractical. Tools can effectively be marked as yours by using a permanent UV pen and secured in a purpose-built van chest such as the one below.
8. Park in well-lit areas
The most common deterrent to most crime is the fear of being caught. Parking in well lit areas raises the risk to the criminal being caught and deters them from targeting your vehicle.
9. Look for security
When parking away from home, look for good security. Pick a parking spot that has good lighting, is over looked by a CCTV camera or is close to a security gatehouse.