Car Crime




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Thefts from Motor Vehicles.

Try to avoid parking your vehicle in quite side roads where the culprits are able to operate unobserved, and ensure all doors and windows are secured when leaving the vehicle. Under no circumstances should goods, clothing or even empty carrier bags/containers be left in the vehicle. Thieves steal first and think about value later. Take all your belongings with you, or if you can’t, lock them in the boot. Mobile phones and credit cards are frequently stolen from glove boxes. Car alarms and immobilisers are an excellent deterrent, however, mechanical devices such as steering wheel locks are a good alternative and normally less expensive. If you do purchase any vehicle security product, make sure it carries the ‘Sold Secure’ or ‘Thatcham’ logo on the box/packaging. These are independent organisations that test all new vehicle security products to ensure their effectiveness.


If you own a satellite navigation system, there are a number of steps that you can take to greatly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of this type of vehicle crime;

  • Always remove your satellite navigation system, the cradle and associated wiring when leaving your vehicle.
  • Take the system with you, and place the cradle and wiring in the boot.
  • Do not to leave the cradle and wiring, on display on the dashboard. This will alert thieves that you own a system, and will encourage them to break into your vehicle, and search the glove compartment.
  • Never place the system in the glove compartment – it is the first place thieves will look. If you are unable to take it with you, make sure it is kept out of sight, in the boot of the vehicle.


If you require any further information on vehicle crime, you can visit the Home Office crime prevention website on .

CrimeStoppers 0800 555 111