Do you live in an area of the UK prone to car theft? With several regions of the UK experiencing a doubling in the number of car thefts reported since 2014, and an overall increase of 45% in the total number of thefts nationwide, it’s wise to be aware of where your vehicle may be more at risk and do what you can to keep it safe.
Where is your car most likely to be stolen?
The statistics show that the West Midlands, North West, North East and Yorkshire are the areas of the UK that have each seen reported car thefts double since 2014. In 2017/18, car thefts rose substantially having previously been declining for six years, with over 112,000 cars stolen. London saw the greatest number of thefts.
If you’re based in Scotland, you’ll be pleased to know that you’re in a part of the UK where car thefts bucked the trend and actually fell by 23%. Over in Northern Ireland, meanwhile, there was no change.
How to keep your car safe
Luckily, there are plenty of measures you can take to keep your car safe, and to slow a thief’s progress enough that they may be caught red-handed or deterred altogether. These include:
- Double lock your vehicle (clicking the ‘lock’ button twice on your car key) to make sure the car alarm is activated – and always lock it even if you’re only going to be stepping away from it for a few moments.
- Never leave your car running – even a quick dash across the road to the post box could give an opportunistic thief enough time to hop in and drive off.
- Park in a well lit area where there are people around – a proper car park or a residential road with streetlamps, for example.
- Use a steering wheel lock – and you can even get pedal and gear locks to add an extra level of protection.
- Keep your car keys safe – don’t leave them in view of a window, for example, and keep them with you at all times when you’re out and about.
- Beware the dangers of keyless locking systems – read our post on how to avoid becoming a victim of keyless car theft for tips on how to combat this new method of car theft.
Of course, despite your best efforts to keep your car safe, you might still end up as one of the unlucky ones who falls victim to car theft. In the unfortunate event that your car is stolen, you might have more luck getting it back if you have a tracking device fitted to it.
Finally, you’ll also want to know that your insurance policy provides for this scenario and that the theft of your car won’t result in the loss of your No Claims Discount. To find out more about car insurance contact your local insurance experts at A-Plan.