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Keep Your Car Safe

Date Published: 16/06/2012

Car crime can be a big worry for motorists. Protect your car by following our simple advice - it might just be enough to deter thieves from targeting your car.  

  • Lock the doors and close the windows when you leave your car, however long you are leaving it for  
  • When parking at home, always use your garage if you have one and lock both your vehicle and your garage. If you don't have a garage, try to park in a well-lit, open place  
  • When parking outside, always try to park your car in an attended car park. Look for a public car park which is part of the police approved Park Mark Scheme and displays the Park Mark® brand. Some car parks also have ‘Secure Car Park' accreditation – look for the sign  
  • Don't leave anything on display. Even an old coat or plastic bag can be a tempting target for a thief  
  • Remove the stereo if you can  
  • Don't keep valuables or important documents in the glove box. Leave the glove box open to show there's nothing inside  
  • Tuck in wing mirrors and put the aerial down to discourage vandals  
  • Never store your car's documents in the car  
  • A Thatcham approved immobiliser or steering lock can help secure older vehicles  
  • Have the windows etched with the car's vehicle registration number (VRN) and make a note of its chassis number  
  • Keep your car keys in a safe place, even in your house, so that someone breaking-in cannot steal your car too  
  • Get an alarm fitted. Alarms can deter thieves not only from stealing your vehicle, but also from taking items from it. You can get more information about alarms, immobilisers and other security devices by phoning the Vehicle Security National Helpline on 0870 550 2006 or the Sold Secure Helpline on 01327 264 687  
  • Secure your wheels using locking wheel nuts  
  • Mark all equipment, e.g. car stereo, with your car registration number  
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