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Car key burglaries

There have recently been a number of crimes where premises have been broken into with the sole intention of stealing the owners’ cars. The internet has some very useful advice, but here are some extra crime prevention tips for this type of offence from Warwickshire police.

  1. If you have the opportunity, always use a secure garage to keep your vehicle in.
  2. Make sure the car is locked, windows are shut, steering lock is engaged and the keys are not left inside.
  3. If you have more than one vehicle put the lowest valued in front of the more expensive, creating an extra barrier.
  4. Use extra security devices and alarms inside and outside of the vehicle. For example, steering wheel locks and immobilisers. If on driveways use bollards and gates.
  5. Never leave your car keys on show through external windows or in a position in the house that they can be hooked out through a letter box or pet flap.
  6. If you leave the vehicle at home, take the keys with you.
  7. Fit a tracker to the vehicle. There are many different versions and designs of tracker, including one that will notify your mobile phone that the car is moving.
  8. Have the registration number etched onto the cars windows. This can be a deterrent and will also help identify the car if its stolen and recovered.
  9. Use sensor lights and good CCTV to cover the cars location and its immediate approach.

If you have any questions regarding the above please contact us on the details below or via the Warwickshire Police website.

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