Last year in Lancashire over 2,200 insecure cars were targeted by thieves.
Unlocked cars are easy targets for car criminals. If a passing thief sees something that may be of value inside a car they will take their chances – especially if people make it easy for them by leaving their car unlocked.
Motorists also need to be aware that some insurance companies may not pay out for claims when the vehicle has been left insecure – they risk losing not only their car but also being forced to pay for a new one and higher premiums in the future.
To help protect your vehicle please take note of the following advice:
- Make sure you wind your windows up and lock the doors when you get out of your vehicle – even if you are working close by or are only popping into a shop.
- Don’t leave items on display – you may think that the few pence you’ve left out isn’t worth taking but anything can prove to be temptation for a thief.
- Remove valuables from the car and get rid of any signs that show that valuables have been in the car – such as suction marks on the windscreen or MP3 cables – as a thief may assume they are stored in the glove box.
- Keep an eye out for anything suspicious and contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 if you have any concerns.