Why you shouldn’t believe the Home Office “declining car crime” hype
The weakest link
Keys are the weakest link in the car theft chain and modern cars can't easily be taken without them. Thieves are getting more determined and violent in their tactics too.
- Fishing for keys through the letterbox - so never leave keys on a hall table or a convenient rack by the door
- Breaking in to a house at night or when it is obviously empty - they might steal your spare keys and wait until returning home before taking the car
- Pick-pocketing or stealing handbags to get keys
- Breaking into places where you might have left your keys such as gym lockers or cloakrooms
- Taking keys from desks, jacket pockets or drawers in workplaces
- Violently pulling drivers out of their car when parking
- Never, ever leave keys in the car.
- Park in well lit car parks that ideally, have reasonable security such as CCTV.
- Fit your car with a Tracker – that will help recover the car if it is stolen.
- Consider using a simple visual locking equipment, such as a 'crook-lock' device.
- Lock your car in a garage at night if possible; or shut your gates if you leave it on the drive.
- Never leave property on display in the car. Lock it in the boot or better still, don't leave anything in the car at all.
- Collect all your purchases at the end of the day. (Most retailers will allow this.) Don't make repeated trips to your car filling it up with items just waiting to be taken. Reverse into parking spaces - It makes it more difficult for thieves to open the boot or tailgate.
- A vehicle related theft occurs every 21 seconds in the UK
- Over half of those taken without consent are never restored to their owner.