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Top tips to keep thieves at bay this winterBack

Winter is a prime time for thieves. The nights draw in so early that it is much easier for thieves to take action without being spotted.

Car crime in the winter can be particularly bad, so it is well worth considering some points below from the Trusted Dealers to help you keep you and your car safe this winter.

Model makes no difference

Do not be fooled into thinking that if you own a cheaper model of car, you will be better off. Thieves will take any car that is easy to steal, irrespective of the model. Newer, more high-powered cars are an obvious target such as BMWs and Mercedes-Benz. Vans also are a popular target as thieves will often assume that expensive tools or equipment are inside the vehicle.

Stay safe

Making sure your car has an anti-theft device installed in it will deter thieves who will be put off by the amount of time required in order to remove it. In fact, most criminals will avoid vehicles which have visible devices and deterrents. Factory fitted window alarms are also a good idea, and if your car currently contains no visible security, it is perhaps time to take action.

Hide valuables

One of the biggest mistakes that car owners make is to leave objects on show such as mobile phones, iPod leads, sat nav holders and laptop bags. Not only do untidy cars attract thieves but if you leave valuables lying around you will entice them even further.

Secure your car

Always make sure your car is locked and also that you haven’t left a window open even slightly as this creates an easy and quick way in for thieves. Walk round your car and check it properly before you leave it.

Avoid displaying your keys

Leaving your keys in obvious places provides easier access to thieves. Many people often leave their car keys in the hall way where they can be accessible to thieves who might decide to go letterbox fishing. In fact, leaving your car keys lying around in any obvious place in your house can really jeopardise your safety as some thieves will simply try the back door to see if it is unlocked and come in to find them.

Parking up

If you’re parking on a road, a good tip is to turn your wheels towards the kerb, or towards another car if you are parking in a car park. Thieves will avoid your vehicle if it is going to take them a lot more effort and time to move it. If you are parking on a driveway, always drive in forwards rather than reversing in, and again, turn the wheels.

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 10/12/2012