Vehicle crime is a major problem for the police and is one of the most common types of crime. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to gain entry to your vehicle and take your property. There are a number of preventative measures that you can take to make life that much harder for the thieves.
- Using theft resistant number plates
- Storing car documents in your home and not your vehicle
- Close the sunroof as well as windows
- Don’t leave things in the boot
- Take removable stereos and sat navs with you when you leave the vehicle
- Remove all personal belongings, including coats and jackets when you leave the vehicle
Parking is safer locations is also a good idea and you can look out for car parks that have the ‘Park Safe’ signs which are approved by the police ‘Safer Parking’ scheme.
Did you know that you can have the vehicle’s registration number or the last seven digits of the vehicle identification number etched onto the windows. This makes your vehicle much less attractive to theives as it becomes harder to sell with this information clearly visible on it. It also makes it easier to get your vehicle back to you if it is stolen.
If you’re looking at buying a new vehicle, there are many things that you will be looking out for but did you know that if you look at the Thatcham website you can compare security features of new cars, vans and motorbikes. They compare using a point score system and this can help you decide which vehicle has the best security features for your needs.
Fitting a vehicle tracking system is another security option to give you peace of mind in the unfortunate event of your vehicle being taken. This can be a very effective protection against losing your vehicle and makes a reunion much more likely. For a Vehicle Tracking Service and more information, visit http://www.vehicle-accessories.net/Vehicle-Tracking.
How does the system work?
A tracking system will use automatic vehicle location in a vehicle with software that collects location data. They commonly use GPS for locating the vehicle. Information about the vehicle’s whereabouts can be seen on electronic maps online or by using specialist software. The systems are often used by fleet management for tracking, routing and dispatching as well as security.
They are popular in private vehicles due to the ease in recovery as police simply follow the emitted signal to locate the stolen vehicle. Some clever tracking systems allow the vehicle to be controlled remotely, by locking doors or blocking the engine in emergency situations. Another benefit to installing such a system is that it should bring the cost of your insurance down as the loss-risk of the vehicle is greatly reduced.
Don’t give criminals an easy ride and follow the steps above to ensure that your vehicles and all your property stay exactly where they should be, with you.