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VEHICLE SECURITY - Don't be a victim of crime.


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Did you know, in the UK, a car is stolen on average every ten minutes Whilst we can't always prevent it there are simple steps we can all take to reduce our chances of becoming a victim of car crime. So, whilst you are out and about this summer, don’t be a victim of crime.

Engine off -Keeping your car running or your keys in the ignition is an invitation for trouble, no matter how long you will be away from the car.

Don't Leave Valuables on Show - Keep all valuables and documents out of sight or take them from the vehicle when leaving.  Items on show are an invitation to the opportunist criminal - mobile phones, satnavs and mounts, power leads, money, wallets, handbags, sunglasses, coats, jackets and bags should always be removed from the vehicle or hidden well out of sight. Store car ownership information at home, not in your car

Secure items outside of your vehicle - Anything left on roof-racks, tailgate racks, holiday top boxes or in tool chests are easily stolen when the vehicle is parked. The use of cable locks, padlocks and self-locking tools chests, which are secured to the vehicle, makes them more secure, or don’t leave things in them if you can avoid it.

Lock Doors & Close Windows- Always lock and close the windows of your vehicle when you leave it unattended - on the drive, at the petrol station, or when getting a ticket to park. An unlocked vehicle is the easiest to steal or steal from. 44% of cars were broken into via an unlocked door.

Leave your car well-lit - 80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night. Parking near streetlamps or in a busy area can deter thieves. Or when parking in a car park, look for a ‘Park Mark’ www.parkmark.co.uk indicating the car park meets recognised security levels. Consider installing a sensor light at your home covering the parking area. 

Hide Keys & Fobs - Keys and ignition fobs should be kept safe and out of sight and reach. A common way to steal a car is to take the keys or ignition fob, so never leave them in the vehicle, even if it is unattended for a moment. When at home ensure that your keys or ignition fob are kept well away from windows or doors so that they cannot be seen by a potential thief, and never leave them close to the front door where they can be accessed through letterboxes

Sold Secure www.soldsecure.com are approved anti-theft device suppliers for your car. You can search for suppliers on www.securedbydesign.com Consider secure number plates with anti-theft screws and fit locking, anti-tamper wheel nuts to secure alloy wheels.


Relay theft or keyless car theft is where the signal from a key for a “keyless entry” car is captured by somebody standing outside the victim’s house using a device with a relay amplifier and a relay transmitter so a thief can detect whether the car has keyless entry. 

Working in pairs the criminals identify a house with a car parked nearby and one person stands by the car with a transmitter, while a second waves an amplifier around the perimeter of the house. If the car key is close enough the amplifier will detect its signal, amplify it, and send it to the accomplice’s transmitter.

This transmitter then effectively becomes the key, and tricks the car into thinking the real key is nearby. The thieves can then open the car, get in and drive away.

The whole process can take as little as 60 seconds and can be completed in near silence.

Top Tips to Avoid Keyless Theft - DISTANCE, SIGNAL, STEERING WHEEL.

Keep keys a safe distance from the car - far away from doors and windows; this will minimise the chances a thief will be able to find and amplify the key’s signal and is general good practice.

Block or turn off the signal - Consider purchasing a Faraday pouch to keep your car key in. These pouches contain signal-blocking materials that stop your key transmitting its code, preventing crooks from being able to detect and amplify the signal. Check your manual or speak to your dealer to find out if your key can be switched off

Steering wheel lock - Consider using a steering wheel lock, a driveway parking post, or even a wheel clamp

Replacement keys – if you lose your keys and don’t have a copy, an auto locksmith approved by the MLA can replace any type of key for all vehicle models.

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Sharon Greaves
(Police, Neighbourhood Sergeant, Northern - Rural Alnwick)

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