KEEP YOUR CAR SECURE
Since 1995 vehicle crime in England and Wales has actually been on the decrease. This shouldn't allow for complacency however. Between 2006 and 2007 nearly 1.7 million vehicle related thefts were recorded. The following guide may help prevent you and your car from becoming another crime statistic. Remember adding extra security to your car will also help reduce your car insurance bill.
One of the most effective ways to stop someone stealing your car is to fit an engine immobiliser. With an engine immobiliser fitted only those using the correct key will be able to start the engine. Some cars have immobilisers fitted as standard. If yours doesn't then you should consider buying one. Thatcham make the best. In fact most insurance companies will discount your car insurance if a Thatcham immobiliser is fitted to your car.
Fit locking wheel nuts and bolts. These are cheap and easy to fit and prevent the theft of wheels from your car.
Fit a working car alarm. Most cars have alarms fitted as standard. If yours does not then there are plenty of car alarms on the market to choose from and most to a good job. A good one will cost you around £50. If you buy one then you should get a professional to install it.
Wheel Locking Nuts
Gear Stick Lock
Whenever you park your car use a steering or gear stick lock. Steering and gear stick locks are simple yet effective pieces of kit. They lock on to your steering wheel or gear stick making it impossible to either turn the steering wheel or move the gear stick. Their high visibility factor also acts as a deterrent. Prices for a good one and Autolok make the best start at around £20.
Make sure you offer thieves zero temptation. Avoid leaving any item of value visible in a parked car. If your car stereo is removable then whenever you leave your car take your stereo with you are or, at the very least hide it in the car.
Have your car registration number or the last seven digits of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched onto all windows. This makes your car more easily identifiable and harder for a thief to sell your car on. If you can park your car in a garage then do so. When parking away from home try and park in an attended or CCTV covered car park.