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Security

Here are a few ways to keep your car safe:

Alarms

  • Car alarms deter thieves from stealing your car and taking items from it
  • Alarms must be fitted by a professional: ask your car dealer or an installer approved by the Vehicle Systems Installation Board. The installation of an approved alarm system may also reduce insurance premiums.

Approved products and services

  • Buy security products or services approved by either Thatcham (the Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre) or by Sold Secure. Find out more at www.thatcham.org and www.soldsecure.com.

Stereos and Sat-Navs

  • Wipe off tell tale 'sucker marks' on windscreens which show that that an iPod or Sat-Nav is normally kept in the car. It is also a good idea to hide connection cable
  • If your stereo is removable, take it with you when you exit the car. Mark it with your registration number or postcode and make a note of the serial number.

Tracking

  • If your car is expensive or has sentimental value, consider buying an in-car tracking device.


Immobilisers

  • Immobilisers stop your car from starting and are a good way to stop thieves.

Keys

  • When you leave your car, always take the ignition key with you. Don't pop back into the house and leave the engine running on a cold winter's morning
  • At home, keep keys, including a spare set, safe and out of sight.

Locks

  • Use steering wheel locks every time you leave your car
  • Locking wheel nuts are cheap, easy to fit and stop thieves from taking your wheels
  • Lock all the doors when you leave your car and even while you're driving. Keep windows rolled up too, especially when driving slowly in traffic.

Parking

  • If you've got a garage, use it and lock it. If you haven't or you're away from home, park where there's plenty of light and life, or where you see a sign for a police-approved and managed car park.

Valuables

  • Keep valuables such as your bag, phone or iPod out of sight. Even an old coat can be too much to resist. Most car criminals 'smash and grab' first and think about how much it's worth later
  • Never leave papers lying around, especially private mail with your address on it or documents such as vehicle registration documents
  • Take your keys, cash and cards when leaving the car.

 Vehicle ID

  • Have your car registration number or the last seven digits of your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched onto all windows, windscreens and your headlamps.