TRACKER's Car Security Advice

Soon the winter nights will be drawing in as the clocks go back, leaving longer nights for opportunistic thieves to be at large.  TRACKER, the UK’s leading provider of stolen vehicle recovery systems, which help to recover an average £2million worth of stolen cars every month, is warning motorists to be extra vigilant and ensure they take precautions against the threat of theft.

“Turning the clocks back may mean cosy nights at home in front of the fire for many, but thieves like these extra hours of darkness, allowing them to break into vehicles unseen,” explains Bill Raynal, Managing Director of TRACKER.  “So motorists have to think before leaving cars on unlit streets or car parks.  Make sure all points of entry into the car are closed and locked before leaving it and take care to park under a street light or near CCTV cameras. Take all valuables with you, including the Sat Nav and radio.”

It’s not just in the evening that motorists need to be wary continues Bill Raynal: “It may seem obvious, but drivers should never leave their keys in the ignition. On frosty mornings, thieves are known to target those who leave their car defrosting and many people are caught out popping to the post box or refuelling the car.

Car documents such as the logbook have become a major target for thieves, making it easier for them to sell. Owners should keep all documentation at home in a safe place, otherwise it could be stolen with the car, making proof of ownership difficult.

TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there. The tracking device works even if the vehicle is hidden in a container or taken abroad, offering car owners the ultimate in peace of mind should the worst happen.

Bill Raynal concludes, “We urge car owners not to make it easy for thieves, by taking all the right precautions this winter. It only takes a few minutes to take these extra steps, but could save considerable heartache, not to mention expense if their car is stolen.”

TRACKER's Car Security Advice
  • Never leave the keys in the ignition, even if you are just stopping quickly
  • Always lock and secure your vehicle
  • Make sure you don’t leave belongings on show, lock them in the boot or take them with you
  • Fit a stereo with removable front panel and take it with you when you leave the car. Mark it with your vehicle registration
  • Never leave car documents or spare keys inside the car
  • Keep doors locked and windows up when driving
  • Park in busy or well-lit and attended car parks near CCTV cameras
  • If you have a garage, use it
  • Don’t leave the car unattended when waiting for it to defrost
  • At home, don’t keep keys in a place where they can be seen or accessed from outside
23 October 2008 Staff

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