Vehicle crime has fallen however it does still happen. Below are some tips on how you can prevent it from happening to you.
Tips to prevent car crime
- Lock the doors, close the windows and sunroof when you leave the car unattended.
- Never leave anything on display.
- Remove satellite navigation devices where possible, including the holder and suction pad. Remember to wipe away any suction pad marks left on the windscreen or dashboard.
- Tuck in wing mirrors to discourage vandals.
- Never store your vehicle’s documents in the car.
- Use a Thatcham-compliant immobiliser or steering lock to secure older vehicles.
- Keep your car keys out of sight, even in your house, so that if your house is broken into they cannot steal your car too.
Tips to prevent motorbike crime
- Always lock your bike and set the alarm, if it has one.
- If you are leaving your bike for some time, lock it to something secure.
- Fit special attachments to lock your bike when you are at home.
- Have the vehicle marked with its vehicle identification number
Tips to prevent bicycle crime
- Always lock your bike and avoid parking it in isolated or dimly lit places.
- Invest in a good bike lock. Hardened steel D-shaped locks are recommended as standard. Check out www.soldsecure.com for certified locks, or ask your local bike shop for a recommendation.
- Lock your bike to an immovable object such as lampposts or railings.
- Secure removable parts such as wheels, or take smaller parts with you, for example lights and quick release saddles.
- Get your bike security marked, labelled or engraved.
- Keep a record of your bike including:
- Type and colour frame number
- Frame (type and size)
- Tyres (type and size)
- Fitted accessories
- You can also register your bike for free on www.immobilise.com