Top tips to keep cars safe from thieves

A POLICE initiative aims to reduce vehicle theft by equipping owners with the skills, knowledge and equipment to keep their vehicles safe.

Secured by Design (SBD) is the official police safety initiative working to improve vehicle safety.

SBD Product Based Accreditation Scheme: the preferred specification of the police – provides a recognized standard for all security products that can deter and reduce crime.

And if you’re concerned about the safety of your vehicle, Essex Police PC Phil Pentelow says there are simple steps owners can take.

“Know the vulnerabilities of your car. There are videos online where you can find this information,” she said.

“Look on the website secured by design to find recommended safety devices for your car and consider investing in a Disklok for your steering wheel at the very least.

“However, the biggest vulnerability is leaving your car unlocked. Double lock your car and check it out. We see burglary security cameras where the thieves try the car door and it’s open.”

Other important tips for keeping cars safe include keeping valuables out of sight, such as mobile phones, wallets, sunglasses, or handbags.

Doors and windows should always remain closed and locked, while owners should keep keys and remote controls safe and out of sight and out of reach.

Concerned owners can also install a GPS tracker to help recover a car if it is stolen.

While drivers are also being urged to use physical security products, such as a steering wheel lock or a lock that fits over the gear lever.

Owners should also install theft-resistant license plate accessories. As stolen license plates are commonly used to hide the identity of stolen vehicles.

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