Car and large vehicle theft
Some burglars may break in to your property looking for the keys to your vehicle.
Always store keys away from doors and windows and take them with you when you go to bed.
As well as locking and alarming your vehicle, you should also:
If you’re clearing ice from your windscreen and need to go back to the house, remove the keys from the ignition and lock your car. Don’t be tempted to leave it running.
- remove items left inside
- secure items in your boot if you need to leave your vehicle while you’re out
- park in a secure car park or well-lit location whenever possible.
Park in your garage if you have one.
Make a note of your chassis number and store it in a safe place.
You could also fit a tracker device and/or tamper-proof number plate screws.
Use a signal blocker for your car keys if they have a remote locking/alarm function.
Consider installing a driveway alarm – or even a Smart System, which will contact you on a mobile device (and can be linked to security lighting and an alarm sounder) if someone tampers with your vehicle.
Remember: always wipe away sat nav suction marks left on your windscreen. Sometimes these are all it takes to entice a thief to break in hoping the sat nav is still in the vehicle.
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