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Vehicle security tips

Avoiding the opportunist thief

Use highly visible security i.e. Thatcham-approved steering locks and devices

If your vehicle doesn’t have one, invest in a Thatcham-approved Alarm & Tracking System

Register all valuables (sat navs and dash cams) on Secure Asset Register

Consider investing in a locking petrol cap or locking wheel nuts

Ensure vehicle software is up-to-date and ‘recalls’ completed – check with dealer

Check with your dealer what latest security measures can be retro-fitted to older vehicles. This can often cost less than your insurance excess

Look into protecting ‘passive entry’ vehicles against a relay attack here. Search ‘shielding for car keys’

At home – consider investing in CCTV or security lights

Car Security

Reversing up to a wall or solid object helps secure the rear of a van

Remove tools, stock and equipment – especially overnight

Consider investing in a Sold Secure or Secured by Design accredited ‘lockable’ tool chest

Use visible security, i.e. Thatcham-approved steering locks, mesh grilles on load-bay windows and bulkhead, pedal boxes, Slamlocks/Hykee locks

Security mark all tools and high-value items using UV pens, DNA property marking or etching

Register all serial numbers on Secure Asset Register

Ensure vehicle software is up-to-date and ‘recalls’ completed – check with dealer

Check with your dealer what latest security measures can be retro-fitted to older vehicles. This can often cost less than your insurance excess.

Look into protecting ‘passive entry’ vehicles at Secured by Design

At home – consider investing in CCTV or security lights

Van Security

Park in busy, well-lit, secure car parks and locations. Look out for the Park Mark sign

Double check your sunroof, doors and windows are locked, even if you leave the vehicle for just a few minutes

Make sure your fob has done its job – double check the doors are locked

Don’t leave anything on display, not even small change

Don’t leave valuables in the glovebox – thieves will usually check there first

Hide cables and remove suction pad marks on your windscreen and dashboard

Always hold onto your keys – even car washes and garages have been found to copy keys

Bicycle/Motorbike Security

Always lock your bike and remove any accessories wherever possible

Loop chain locks through the bicycle frame and back wheel (front wheels are easily removed)

Secure your bike to an immovable object e.g. railings or lamp post

Use a disc lock to secure the front brake disc – stops your bike being wheeled away

Consider a grip lock designed to secure the brake and throttle controls

Two ‘Sold Secure’ D-locks are recommended. Find security-tested products at Sold Secure

Register your serial numbers (bike/accessories) at BikeRegister

Consider purchasing a bike cover – hiding your bike from view is a deterrent

Cracking the Carjacker

Park in busy, well-lit and secure car parks and locations

Be alert for suspicious activity – check around and inside your vehicle

Have your keys ready as you approach and lock your vehicle once inside

Don’t fully open your window if you need to speak to someone

Take your car keys – even if you’ve left a passenger in the car

In an emergency, sound the horn and dial 999