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It may be difficult to protect your car from a determined, professional thief, but most car crime is committed by opportunists who may be put off by relatively cheap security precautions and common sense.
Remember, it only takes a thief a few seconds to get into a vehicle.
By following these simple steps you could significantly reduce the likelihood of becoming a victim of vehicle crime.
'Car key crime' is where thieves specifically target car keys to steal cars - either by stealing keys or copying keys to then start and steal the car.
Reducing the risk
Keep your Sat Nav safe from thieves by:
What if it is stolen?
In the unfortunate event of your sat nav being stolen, the following advice could help its recovery:
The advice above is all still relevant when driving vans. Although, when your whole livelihood is in one vehicle, it is even more important to think: prevent, secure and recover.
Always aim to park in busy, well lit areas and reverse into parking spaces against a wall or solid object, making the back of your vehicle inaccessible to potential thieves.
Always remove items from view and whenever possible, remove tools, stock and other equipment from the van, especially when leaving it overnight.
Visible security features can be a strong deterrent, so consider steering or handbrake locks, mesh grilles on load-bay windows and bulkhead to divide the load area from the cab and even consider pedal boxes.
Always use a garage or secure car park if they are available to you.
Security mark your tools and any other high value property by using products such as DNA property marking and UV pens and etch with your company name.
Consider security etching your van’s windows with the vehicle’s identification number.
West Midlands Police have teamed up with six motorcycle dealers across the region to offer free DNA motorcycle marking.
Each of the dealers has 150 marking kits, paid for by money under the Proceeds of Crime Act, which allows the police to seize and sell criminal’s assets and then plough the money back into fighting crime.
The kits, which normally retail at about £30, consist of a bottle of DNA fluid, with which each part of the bike is painted. This fluid dries and is not detectable by eye but contains micro dots that are then unique to that bike.
The motorcycle dealers will mark the motorbikes for free and then register each bike on a dedicated website. If the bike or any part of it is then stolen and later recovered anywhere in the world officers will be able to identify the owner and gather much needed intelligence about where these stolen bikes are being traded.
To take advantage of this free offer, motorbike owners simply need call one of the dealers taking part in the scheme and make an appointment to visit them and get their bike marked.
Dealers taking part in the scheme are:
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