How To Protect Your Vehicle – Advice From WM Police

With your help we can reduce vehicle crime!

Lets look at the different types of vehicle crime and how we can protect your vehicle.

Theft of your motor vehicle 
Is your vehicle fitted with a silent alarm, whereby only the lights flash and no sound?
* Consider fitting a Thatcham-rated 1 or 2 alarm system with or without tracking, immobilisation, anti-grab and movement sensors can help protect and trace your vehicle.
* A quality Thatcham approved, professionally fitted alarm system will not only put off thieves, but could also reduce your insurance premiums.

At home, if you have a garage, use it. Consider installing security lights or CCTV to improve the deterrent.
* To protect your Passive Entry Vehicle against a Relay Attack then go to http://www.securedbydesign.com search for products using key word search ‘shielding for car keys’.
* To explore what aftermarket security products are available from third parties. Thatcham is a source of tested products.
* Consider using a Thatcham tested and approved steering wheel lock that provides full coverage of the wheel This can cost less than the excess on your insurance, in the event of a claim.

Theft From your motor vehicle 
This could be your personal belongings, we have also recently seen a rise in Catalytic Converter Thefts.
* Don’t leave anything visible in the vehicle. Sat navs / dash cams, loose change, and bags are all attractive to thieves.
* Consider fitting a Thatcham-rated 1 or 2 alarm system with anti-grab and movement sensors can help protect your vehicle. 
* A quality Thatcham approved, professionally fitted alarm system will not only put off thieves, but could also reduce your insurance premiums.

When parking, always choose a well-lit location with natural or electronic surveillance. Use a car park, whenever possible, which has been awarded the ‘Park Mark’.

For more information on crime prevention please visit https://west-midlands.police.uk/
and search Crime prevention or vehicle crime.

Kind Regards
Message Sent By
Anthony Wilkes (Police, Engagement & Consultation Officer, Partnerships Lloyd House)

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