Ensuring the safety of both your vehicle and yourself from crime

May 08, 2024

Ensuring the safety of both your vehicle and yourself from crime | Sweven Plates (Supplier of 3D Gel Number Plates, 4D Number Plates, Replacement Number Plates, Tinted Number Plates, Carbon Number Plates)

We recently released an article discussing the most commonly stolen cars in the UK, touching on the increasingly sophisticated methods criminals employ for theft and the subsequent conversion of stolen vehicles into profit. This time, our focus shifts to strategies for deterring thieves and minimising car-related crimes.

Car crime encompasses a broad spectrum beyond theft alone, including vandalism, carjacking, and more. To safeguard both your vehicle and yourself, we've curated a practical set of tips:

Car Theft Prevention:

  1. Always lock your car when leaving it.
  2. Avoid leaving your car with the engine running.
  3. Keep your keys secure and out of sight.
  4. Park in secure areas, preferably in a locked garage.
  5. Utilise CCTV for surveillance, particularly in parking areas.
  6. Shield your keyless fob in an RF-blocking pouch to prevent relay theft.
  7. Employ physical deterrents like steering wheel locks or wheel clamps.
  8. Etch your car's VIN number onto windows for identification.
  9. Inquire with your insurer about security enhancements to lower premiums.

Theft of Car Parts:

  1. Mark your catalytic converter with a serial number.
  2. Consider installing a protective lock for your catalytic converter.
  3. Check for Thatcham category 1 alarms.
  4. Use locking wheel nuts for tires and wheels.
  5. Fit a locking steering wheel bar for added security.
  6. Consult your insurer for potential security upgrades.

Theft of Items from Vehicles:

  1. Avoid leaving valuables unattended in your car.
  2. Conceal items from view or avoid leaving them in the car altogether.
  3. Park in secure locations whenever possible.
  4. Review your insurance policy for coverage details regarding items left in the vehicle.

Vandalism Prevention:

  1. Park in secure areas, such as a locked garage.
  2. Secure driveways with locked gates.
  3. Install visible CCTV cameras as a deterrent.

Number Plate Security:

  1. Use security screws/bolts to affix your plates.
  2. Consider using both security bolts and adhesive foam pads.
  3. Report stolen plates to the police immediately.

Carjacking Prevention:

  1. Stay vigilant and aware of your surroundings.
  2. Avoid unlocking your car remotely until you're near it.
  3. Lock car doors promptly upon entry.
  4. Be cautious at traffic stops and lock windows.
  5. Use your horn and lights to attract attention if threatened.
  6. Document suspicious activity discreetly if safe to do so.

Road Rage and Assault Avoidance:

  1. Avoid escalating confrontations with other drivers.
  2. Report dangerous driving to authorities with evidence if possible.
  3. Refrain from aggressive gestures or horn use.
  4. Avoid confrontations with other drivers.

General Safety Notes:

  1. In case of an accident, ensure everyone's safety before exchanging information.
  2. On motorways, move to a safe location after a breakdown.
  3. On other roads, remain in your locked vehicle until assistance arrives after a breakdown.

By implementing these precautions, you can significantly reduce the risk of car-related crimes and ensure your safety on the road.