How you can improve your vehicle security
Car crime falls but you should still remain vigilant!
Car crime has fallen significantly in recent years as vehicle security technology has improved, although car thieves are still coming up with ingenious ways of parting us from our motors.
Statistics show that you are much less likely to be the victim than ever before. But as around 100,000 vehicles are still stolen every year and three times that many cases of thefts from vehicles are reported, being vigilant and sensible with regards to your vehicle’s security is still advisable.
Though electronic security systems, provided as standard by motor manufacturers, have helped combat car crime, it still remains a subject that you should be familiar with and you should take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your possessions.
Car thieves get smart
The fact that security systems have improved so much as in-vehicle technology develops and advances means that some car thieves have developed smarter new ways of stealing vehicles.
The number of prestige, high-value vehicles being stolen is increasing in parts of the country where criminal gangs are using sophisticated electronic devices to override the car’s security via the On Board Diagnostic (OBD) port – a standard socket fitted to all cars for garages to plug in their fault-finding equipment.
If you’ve got a car with keyless ‘entry and go’ then it might be particularly at risk from this type of theft, as thieves don’t even need a mechanical key to overcome the steering lock.
‘Jamming’ is also a growing problem – thieves target specific vehicles using a transmitter to block the signal from your key when you point it at your car to lock it. You think it’s locked but it’s not.
What you can do
National motoring organisation, the AA, has some sound advice to help ensure you don’t become a victim of this particular issue.