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A common-sense approach when it comes to vehicle security

A common-sense approach when it comes to vehicle security

All new cars have a good level of security and engine immobilisation fitted as standard.  It is becoming increasingly difficult for thieves to “hot wire” a vehicle.  This has led to a rise in theft of keys from house burglaries, hook and cane key theft through letterboxes and car-jacking.

With summer around the corner, and hopefully the warmer weather, households will leave both windows and doors open.  By doing so can provide easy access to car keys for thieves.  If car keys are kept either in the hallway or on a hook in the kitchen they can quickly reach in a take the keys without the owners knowledge until it is too late.

In some cases the thieves may not take the car straightaway therefore the owner will not necessarily suspecting that their keys have been taken.  The car owner will then probably use the spare keys and order a replacement set thinking that they have just misplaced the missing keys.

Drivers must take a common-sense approach when it comes to vehicle security:-

  • Always keep your keys out of sight and hidden away in a drawer or cupboard rather than on a key-hook or in a pot.
  • Always lock your car when left unattended and ensure that the vehicle is secure and any valuables are removed, or at least hidden away in the glove box or boot.
  • Never leave the keys in the vehicle while unattended even when filling up with fuel or popping into a shop etc.
  • Always drive with the doors locked.  In the unlikely event that a person forces the driver to hand over the keys to the car, do not resist.  Phone the police and try to give a clear description of the thief.

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