Actions you can take to prevent your car from being stolen
Car thefts and break-ins are on the rise in the UK, according to new research revealed by the RAC. Crimes of this type rose across 26 different regions in the UK in 2017. Around 85,000 car thefts took place in the UK during 2017 and car thefts have risen by 30 per cent over the last three years. Drivers are being urged to use different methods to protect their cars from being targeted by thieves. Due to these statistics being on the rise, we have made this guide providing tips to prevent car thieves.
Always turn your car wheels into the curb
Surprisingly, a simple trick of stopping thieves from taking your vehicle is turning your wheels into the curb or towards another vehicle. This makes it really difficult for a thief to make a getaway in your car as they would have to make more manoeuvres.
Park in areas that have CCTV
If you park your car in areas that are covered by CCTV, your car is extremely unlikely to be targeted. Thieves will not want to run the risk of being recorded whilst attempting to steal. This will also give you, as the driver, peace of mind knowing there is a camera watching over your vehicle whilst you’re away from it.
Security expert, Michael Fraser, said: “Leaving cars in unsecured areas, such as dark car parks or under trees with no lighting, makes it easier for thieves to steal the vehicle and they know they are less likely to get caught on security camera footage.”
Parking in public
Whether you like to park right by the door or avoid those pesky bollards, always park facing the wall in public car parks. This will minimise the chance of thieves making a quick getaway in your car. If they have to reverse, it will slow them down and they will be less likely to take the risk.
Keep valuables out of sight
Although it’s always advised to keep personal belongings out of sight in our cars, many forget to hide them away. Having visible items in your car shows thieves exactly what you have to steal and suggests there may be more items that are worth taking.
Don’t leave your handbag or keys near your front door
Did you know that the latest technique used by a criminal to steal cars is letterbox fishing? Letterbox fishing is where thieves put a pole through a letterbox and take your car keys. Always keep your bag or keys away from ground level doors. Ideally, you should leave them on the first floor or above.
Change your habits
Have you ever stopped to think about how often you go about the same routine each day? It’s very easy to slip into habits, but doing the same thing each day will make you an easy target for thieves. Consider switching the way you park and where you leave your items every five days to make it harder for criminals to guess your next move.
Keep it clear
Were you aware that windscreen marks are indicators to thieves that your car is worth breaking in to? Remove any wiring, Sat-nav mounts and marks from your windscreen before leaving your car. The suction mark from a sat-nav is a sign that you have left valuables in your car. It may also sound crazy, but having a tidy car can fend off thieves as it shows that you take your car and its security seriously. If the car is untidy or has any items visible, it generally shows that the person is unorganised and they have something in the car to be taken.
Always take a look around
Believe it or not, taking a look around as soon as you leave the car can potentially deter thieves. It shows any potential thieves watching that you’re aware of your surroundings, as well as appearing to be security conscious. This will also give you the chance to scout the area you are leaving your car in, which could raise some red flags, causing you to park somewhere safer.
All Mazda cars have Thatcham Category 1 (Electronic alarm and immobiliser) installed. Thatcham Category 1 are the cleverest and most complex car security systems on the market. A Category 1 alarm will feature perimeter and ignition detection and will incorporate movement or glass break and tilt sensors. There’ll also be a siren powered by its own battery supply that will sound if your car gets broken into.
All Suzukis feature electronic immobilisers and alarms. Immobilisers are also a requirement to pass category 1 tests and have to be passively set, meaning that without any action from the driver, while a minimum of two operating systems or one control unit used for the normal operation must be isolated.
We hope that these tips for preventing car theft can help you to keep your car as safe as possible. If we have missed any other tips, let us know on our social channels! We are @twwhiteandsons on Twitter and Facebook. Check out our blog for more content.