It may be difficult to protect your car from a determined, professional thief, but most car crime is committed by opportunists who may be put off by relatively cheap security precautions and common sense.
Remember, it only takes a thief a few seconds to get into a vehicle.
By following these simple steps you could significantly reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of vehicle crime.
General vehicle security
If your car doesn’t have one, fit a Thatcham approved alarm and use it.
All new cars are fitted with electronic immobilisers but if your car is over four years old, consider having an approved immobiliser professionally fitted.
If your car does not have them, fit a locking petrol cap and locking wheel nuts.
Buy an approved steering lock and use it every time you leave the car.
Have car windows security etched.
Security mark all valuables in the car, such as radios and sat nav systems, using a marking solution and keep the security code for your car stereo in a safe place.
Consider fitting an approved vehicle tracking device.
Lock all windows, doors and the sunroof whenever you leave the vehicle, even for just a few minutes.
Never leave keys in the ignition — even for just a few seconds or to heat the car up in winter.
Remove all valuables — never leave anything on display.