Since the start of the year, we have seen a noticeable increase of attempted and actual car burglaries reported in Safeland across the UK. In light of this, we have collected a few simple tips to help prevent your vehicle from becoming the next target for thieves.
Seems like a no-brainer, right? Did you know that over a quarter of vehicle thefts are from unlocked cars?? Thieves are clearly aware of this – recent posts in Safeland are often warning of people roaming neighbourhoods trying car doors. Even if it’s a short stop to the supermarket, double check your doors are locked!
We have all known (or been) the person who treats their car much like a storage unit. But untidy cars attract thieves! Even if your car is filled with worthless items, thieves will still try their luck on the off-chance that they stumble across something valuable. The less items visible from the outside, the less likely your car will be targeted – so get cleaning!
Give your neighbours a heads up if you suspect cars in your area are being targeted. Safeland events reporting car burglaries remind neighbours to be careful. It’s a great way to prevent future car break-ins and work positively with your neighbourhood. You can post a public event, using the category ‘Warning’ in the Safeland app or through app.safe.land
When parking, aim for spots that are well-lit and in busy areas, rather than spots concealed by fences, large vehicles or trees. The greater the chance that a thief could be caught in the act, the greater the chance your car will be left alone.
Moving bags and items to the trunk of your car can be a good idea, but this should be done before you park your car. Often thieves will watch carparks to see if people store valuables in the trunk before leaving the vehicle unattended.
In the unfortunate event that your car is broken into, the last thing you would want is for your thief to know details such as your full name and address. Avoid storing anything in your vehicle that shares your personal information.
Brush up on your car safety, Safeland users – and keep up the great posts to keep each other vigilant!
~ Your friends at Safeland