Tony TamplinI AM pretty certain I’ve written before about keys being stolen from homes by thieves who then steal the family car, but I have decided to revisit the issue because a mate at work recently told me this is still a frequent occurrence.
This problem has been happening for some time and should be a warning to you all to keep your car and house keys in a safe place when you return home.
It is not wise to leave them hung on a hook in the kitchen or near the front door – they should be put in a safe place with your wallet so that if someone breaks into your home, it will be difficult for them to steal the car and some of your valuables.
Even worse are those cases where people park their cars in the attached garage and leave the keys in the ignition.
This is really just handing your car over to a thief as you are making it much too easy for the thief.
Don’t be fooled into thinking thieves won’t be interested in your older model car.
While more expensive cars are frequent targets, many more are just the average family car, because these enable the thief to drive around without attracting unwanted attention.
Additionally, many people think their van or people mover is safe because it is not very fast and therefore isn’t an inviting option.
However, many thieves are now honing in on van-style cars because they provide plenty of room to stash your stolen belongings.
So, our advice – irrespective of the type of car your own – is to keep your vehicle locked at all times and leave the keys out of sight.
If you have an older car that does not have built-in security devices and immobilisers, then you may need to invest in some form of additional security, such as a steering wheel lock or wheel brace.
Vehicles without such protection are often easy targets.
Finally, remember that it is not how fast the car is that will determine whether a thief chooses your car – it is the ease with which it can be stolen.
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