Car crime is a criminal activity that affects many motorists and hundreds of instances of many varied types of car crime are reported every day. Typical reports include theft of vehicles, purchasing stolen vehicles, car park crime, criminal damage and theft of belongings from inside a vehicle.
With the UK in a recession and many people still looking to make fast cash, car related crime has become a major issue that the Police and leading vehicle manufacturers are taking very seriously to protect innocent motorists from becoming a victim.
As we approach car crime awareness week, Insight take a look at some methods of how to prevent car crime, these simple steps will significantly reduce the risk of you becoming a victim.
Simple Car Crime Safety Tips
Always lock your car doors and keep windows fully shut at all times – Leaving locks and windows open is just an open invite for a criminal to either steal your belongings from within your vehicle, or worse steal your vehicle. Even if you park outside the local shop and will be gone for less than a minute, following this step will make sure your car is safe.
Never leave belongings, bags or any potential items of value on display – This is a very common car crime and one that is easily avoided. If you have to leave shopping bags, personal belongings or items in your vehicle, it is always best to use your locked boot. Keeping them on display in the main part of your vehicle is tempting fate and also tempting a criminal to break into your car and steal them.
Don’t use the glove box to store items of value or sensitive documents – It is tempting and very common for people to store items of value and also important documents such as car registration, insurance documents and driving licenses in the glove box. This is often the first place a car criminal will attempt to access and break into. Be one step ahead and keep documents at home safely locked away so that nobody can use them for personal gain or steal your identification.
If possible, remove evidence of any expensive MP3 player, SatNav, CD players and stereos which are some of the most sought after items on the checklist of a car thief. They present a desirable object and are easy for them to sell on. Remove any wires or brackets which may indicate there are items of worth within the vehicle to tempt any opportunist thief.
Fit an alarm and immobiliser – If your vehicle does not have an alarm it could be stolen without anybody noticing. An alarm will let off a loud noise that could alert neighbours, members of the public and Police to an attempted vehicle theft. By fitting an immobiliser you are disabling the ability for someone to steal your car. There are more advanced criminals who could potentially get round such a system but in general this will provide a high level of security.
Always keep your keys safe – This applies to everyday activities, in the home and at work. Leaving your keys on a hook next to a window could present a burglar with more opportunity than they bargained for in the shape of your vehicle. Many people have their house keys and car keys together; losing them at work or whilst socialising could put you, your home and your vehicle at risk. Storing your car keys in a safe and secure place will massively reduce the risk of somebody using your keys to access your vehicle.
Tuck in mirrors and remove screw in aerials – Mindless criminal damage is unfortunately one type of car crime that occurs for no other reason than somebody decides to attack your car because they can. Kicking off mirrors, removing or snapping aerials and general damage to smaller parts of the vehicle can be prevented or minimised by tucking in mirrors if this is possible and removing screw in aerials.
Following with these simple, but effective tips of how to prevent car crime will help greatly reduce the risk of you and your car becoming victims. Insight also offer dedicated GPS and Vehicle Tracking Investigations solutions that will monitor your vehicles movements if it is stolen or you simply want peace of mind. For more information please visit https://www.investigate.uk/uk-private-investigators/tracking/.