How to decrease the risk of your car being stolen
by Helen Jackson |
posted 25 January 2018
With mornings a little lighter but the evenings still relatively dark, there is an increased risk of more cars being stolen. Thinking ahead and staying alert can decrease the risk of car theft happening to you.
Only unlock your car once next to it
Sounds simple, right? But many times, as you leave the supermarket trolley in hand, you can absentmindedly unlock your car before you’ve even reached it. It somehow makes you feel as though you’re making the process quicker – but you’re not of course. The only thing you are doing is giving your car some extra time alone, unlocked. This seemingly small window of time can give opportunistic thieves all the time they need to access any valuables you’ve left in your car.
Don’t leave your keys lying around
This applies to any situation. On a table at a restaurant or on a table at a dinner party, just keep your keys out of sight. If they’re visible you are unnecessarily increasing the risk of theft.
The same rule applies at home. Don’t leave your keys near a window or near your letterbox. Thieves use a method called ‘fishing’ so called because they insert a hook through a letterbox or window to try and pick up keys.
Keep valuables out of sight
This one should go without saying. Keeping valuables on display in your car when parked is just encouraging thieves to break in. Although this point seems obvious, many of us still leave valuables in plain sight in our cars.
If you must leave valuables of any kind in your car use the glove compartment or your boot – if you’ve got a parcel shelf – to keep them covered. If you’ve parked in an area without lights and you’re returning to your car at night, stay alert if walking alone. If you can, try and park in a well-lit area to reduce worry in these situations.