Let's Drive Down Car Crime
A guide to vehicle security:
For many of us a car is essential. It's something we rely on to get us about on a daily basis, so it makes sense to take a minute or two to make sure your vehicle is kept safe and secure as possible.
- Don't display your valuables! Leaving valuable items on display makes your car more appealing to an opportunist thief. Laptops, mobile phones, handbags or wallets, jackets and coats should be removed from view whenever you park your car.
- Where possible, take your valuables with you or if you can't carry them, make sure they are stored in the boot - not in the glove box.
Secure your Sat Nav
Would you be lost without your sat nav? Here are some top tips to help keep your sat nav safe:
- Make sure you remove your sat nav every time you leave your car and take it with you. Don't leave it in the glove box.
- Remove the cradle from windscreen. If you leave the holder on view then a thief may think they will find the sat nav inside.
- Wipe away any marks left behind by the holder, this also gives the impression a sat nav could be left in the vehicle
Lock it or lose it
- Always make sure your doors are locked and your windows are closed whenever you leave your car, even if it's only for a moment
- In winter, never leave your car with the keys in the ignition and the engine running while it defrosts. It would only take a second for someone to drive off in it
- Never leave your vehicle unlocked or with the keys in the ignition while you pay at the petrol station - remember 'lock it or lose it'
- At home, store your keys in a safe place which is out of sight and away from windows or doors
Parking - out and about
- Avoid parking in places that have poor lighting or are hidden from public view
- If you have a steering wheel lock, make sure it is in place before you leave the car
- Always lock your car and make sure all the windows are closed
- Make sure the driveways are well lit, easily accessible and consider using gravel as it is noisier to drive across
- If you have a garage, make sure you use it. Lock both the car and the garage and if possible install a security light to illuminate the garage entrance
- If you have a steering wheel lock make sure you use it, even when parked on your own driveway or garage
- Steering locks can be useful, particularly those which cover the whole steering wheel and especially when combined with other measures
- Engine immobilisers stop your car from starting. Most newer cars are fitted with an immobiliser or they can be fitted by an approved installer
- Car alarms can deter thieves from not only stealing your car but also taking things from it; but they need to be fitted by a professional
- Fitting specialist screws to your number plate can help prevent them from being stolen and used by criminals to steal fuel or avoid parking or speeding fines
For more information or advice please contact your local Safer Neighbourhood policing team on 101 or visit www.derbyshire.police.uk to email your local officers.
To report information about crime in Derbyshire you should call Derbyshire police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Remember - in an emergency, when a life is in danger or a crime is being committed, the number to call is always 999.