Help your car to help you to beat criminals

  • Think smart – don’t spoil your holiday
  • Watch out – there are thieves about!
  • Protect yourself – your car cannot
GIVING IN TO TEMPTATION: Thieves are suckers for easy pickings - think before you leave your car. Image: Newspress
GIVING IN TO TEMPTATION: Thieves are suckers for easy pickings – think before you leave your car and make a sucker out of yourself.  Image: Newspress

EASTER IS coming up – a time of religious reflection, family holidays and a bonanza period for those miserable crooks who opportunely break into cars and steal your stuff.

So, once again, some reminders to you all to help avoid your family time turning into a disaster time of stolen property and expensive damage to your car and to your no-claims insurance bonus.

IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards in the UK, Richard Gladman, has once again broadcast his suggestions for foiling the disgusting thieves to roam among us.

GIVING IN TO TEMPTATION: Thieves are suckers for easy pickings - think before you leave your car. Image: Newspress
GIVING IN TO TEMPTATION: Thieves are suckers for easy pickings. Image: Newspress

Here we go – and do yourself a favour by spending a few minutes reading, learing, and absorbing his very sensible advice:

⦁ Park in an appropriate place. This is may sound like a cliché as car theft can occur in even the nicest parts of the town but try to park in a well-lit area. Thieves don’t like to be seen. at work.

IT’S OBVIOUS , JUST DO IT!

⦁ Make sure your keys are close to you as they are the only way to steal a car equipped with an immobiliser. If you’re out of the house keep the keys in a pocket close to you; don’t leave them in a jacket or bag. At home, leaving your car/house keys next a letter box or open window is an easy opportunity for a thief to ‘fish’ through either with a hooked length of wire.

⦁ Keep valuables out of sight. This may sound pretty obvious but when you’re rushing you could leave a wallet, purse, house keys, on your seat or centre console. Most car theft is opportunistic so what can’t be seen probably won’t be stolen.

⦁ Important paperwork such as a driving licence can lead to identity theft – keep it with you. Remove your satnav from the facia and rub away the sucker ring – a thief will think it might be in the glove box.

⦁ Don’t EVER leave your vehicle running unattended. It’s not only illegal but also an invitation for an opportunistic passing thief – and will invalidate any insurance claim. Even going to the boot with the engine running is long enough for a thief.

WATCH OUT FOR JAMMERS

⦁ Always double-check that your car is locked and secure – even when going to pay for fuel. Relying on technology can be disastrous: if your car fob decides to fail it’s good to know where your spare keys is. Some thieves use remote jammers – such as simple garage-openers – that can read your details. Watch out for anybody watching you a little too closely when you get out of the car. If in doubt move on

Gladman added: “We hear a lot about high-tech criminal gangs targeting expensive cars but most car theft is from the easy targets. A few simple checks when you park means thieves will walk past your car to find a car with a lazy driver.

“Make sure that lazy driver isn’t you.”

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