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Vehicle crime

Alert message sent 10/12/2019 21:21:00

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Good evening.

There has recently been a spite in vehicle crime over the past few months. Here are some crime prevention tips to keep your vehicle secure.

Car security at home:

Where possible ensure that your vehicle is parked on your driveway or in your garage if you have one. Alternatively, ensure your vehicle is parked in a well lit area.
Have an alarm and immobiliser fitted if your vehicle doesn’t already have one. This is an effective way of deterring criminals. A Thatcham-compliant immobiliser or steering lock can help secure older vehicles.
Locking wheel nuts are cheap and easy to fit to prevent your alloy wheels being stolen.
Catalytic converters can be marked using a specialist metal security marking chemical and secure labels to warn potential thieves that the catalytic converter carries an identification mark.

Key security:

Keep your car keys safe and out of sight at home. Ensure they are not left near unlocked doors or open windows in your home to ensure they are not easily available to opportunist thieves.
Never leave your keys in your vehicle, even for a second. This includes at fuel stations and when de-icing your vehicle.
The Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) approved locksmiths can help with vehicle keys and locks if they are lost or stolen.

Car key security:

Keyless Entry Vehicles security
Thieves are targeting vehicles which have keyless entry systems using digital scanners allowing the car to be unlocked without a trace of forced entry or damage.

Regular remote locking fobs which require the car owner to press a button are not vulnerable to these crimes, it is only those cars which allow the owner to approach and unlock the car with the keys still in their pocket.

Advice for drivers with concerns about car security:

Understand the digital functions of your car: do you have a keyless entry system? If so, can the fob be switched off overnight? Speak to your dealer about software updates and whether new key fobs with added security are available.
Store keys away from household entry points: a keyless fob should be stored as far into your home as is possible, hampering a criminal’s ability to detect and relay its signal.
Signal blocking pouches (Faraday pouches) will block the signal from a keyless entry fob. Keeping your keyless entry fob out of sight is not enough – thieves only need to gain proximity to the key to amplify the signal. Don’t forget about your spare key! Make sure you test your signal blocking pouch or choose one that has the Secured by Design accreditation.

Parking your vehicle:

Think before you park, particularly when it is dark or if you are leaving your vehicle for a long time. If possible, park in a busy well-lit area. Avoid parking in secluded spots which could put both you and your car at risk.
If you are parking in a public car park, use one that has achieved the Park Mark Safer Parking Award. This is an initiative aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities. The award is granted to parking areas that have achieved the requirements of a risk assessment as conducted by the Police. Visit the Park Mark website for more information.

PCSO Mitch Jarvis
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Mitch Jarvis (Police , PCSO, Anstey NL58 Charnwood NPA)

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