Car Theft Increases Fifty Per Cent In Five Years25 August 2020
Reports within the media have suggested that car thefts have increased by 50 per cent over the last five years as a result of keyless car entry.
Government figures suggest that there are anywhere between 56,000 and 100,000 car thefts in the UK each year.
The car insurance industry has seen claims rocket to over £400million in the last year due to stolen vehicles alone.
So, we thought we would offer some top tips to try and stop the problem affecting you, if you have a keyless car entry vehicle.
- Ideally park your car in a garage that can be locked.
- Use a traditional steering wheel lock as an extra layer of safety
- Store your key away from the front door and windows and out of sight
- Place the key in a metal container to block signal between your car and key. The easiest option would be to place your key in a microwave as it would block all signals. You can purchase special ‘pouches’ as well as an extra layer of safety
- Turn off the key’s wireless signal if able (check car’s manual for details)
Hopefully by following these tips, it will reduce the chance of your car being stolen.
Remember - it’s important to have insurance that covers theft of a vehicle.
If you lease your car with LeasingOptions and you are a victim of car theft, follow our advice on what to do here