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This week TRACKER, a provider of stolen vehicle recovery systems, has reported that there the additional hour of darkness will cause a 20 per cent increase in car theft and recoveries.
TRACKER goes on to explain that the longer and darker nights provide car thieves with the perfect cover and it urges motorists to be far more vigilant when it comes to the security of their car and themselves.
Stuart Chapman, TRACKER’s Police Relationships Manager said: “Our figures confirm that the winter’s extra hours of darkness allow more time for thieves to break into vehicles unseen, with November, January and February being the worst months.”
“In 2010, 84 per cent of all the stolen cars recovered by TRACKER were taken using the owner’s keys and this danger increases during the winter. Added to this, on frosty mornings many people leave their car unattended with the engine on to defrost the windscreen, making their cars a prime target for thieves. We urge motorists to keep their keys safe at all times and think twice to avoid ‘frost jackers’.”
TRACKER offers a stolen vehicle recovery system which is specifically designed to deter thieves, and over 90 per cent of vehicles fitted with the system are returned to their owners when stolen, with 80 per cent of these cars recovered within 24 hours.
Some of the advice which TRACKER offers motorists to prevent their vehicles from being stolen includes avoiding leaving your keys in the ignition if you are leaving the car unattended, avoiding leaving your car running when using de-icer, locking and securing your vehicle at all times, hiding belongings which are on show in the boot or taking then with you and fitting your stereo system with a removable front panel you can take with you when you leave the car.
TRACKER systems are capable of informing the police of the initial location of a lost or stolen vehicle and can track it down using VHF technology. The tracking advice even works if the vehicle is hidden in a garage or taken abroad, offering car owners added peace of mind.
Stuart Chapman concludes: “It only takes a few minutes to make some vital but simple changes that will give car owners the best possible level of security, saving considerable heartache, not to mention expense, if your car is stolen.”