Car Thefts

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Following recent thefts from vehicles in the South Worcestershire Area, please see the following advice

  • Don’t assume your vehicle has locked properly using a key fob lock. Criminals can use devices which block the signal. Always check your doors are locked before leaving your vehicle unattended, if you have a keyless van invest in a signal blocker.
  • If you have a garage, use it. If your van is parked on a driveway, consider installing security lighting. If neither of these apply, try to park in well-lit areas and close to other vehicles.
  • Consider alarming the vehicle or fitting an internal security cage when tools and equipment are not being used, ensure they are kept securely in a lockable store rather than in your vehicle.
  • Think about installing CCTV, this acts as a deterrent for opportunistic thieves.
  • Consider whether the storage area can be alarmed. If the equipment is portable, take it with you.
  • If you are staying in a hotel, where possible remove your tools from your van and keep them in your room overnight.
  • Don’t leave tools in vehicles unattended or overnight. Place a sign in the window stating they have been removed.
  • Lock/immobilise vehicles and equipment when not in use.
  • Visibly mark your machinery and tools using an engraving or chemical etching kit or use a forensic marking kit. Place a sticker in your window to say you have done so – the signage alone, can be a very effective deterrent.
  • Keep a list of tools, together with serial numbers and any identifying marks. You can do this at immobilise.com. This will help to trace them back to you if they are recovered

 


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