The car insurance experts at Confused.com, have cautioned UK drivers that vehicle thefts have soared by as much as a third (33%), despite national lockdowns and fewer drivers on the road. Separate figures from the ONS have revealed that 36 percent of all stolen vehicles in the UK are taken via keyless theft, where thieves use a relay device to unlock a car and start its engine.
Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com encourages drivers to take extra precautions with the protection of their vehicles, as technology-savvy criminals continue to find new ways to break into cars.
When it comes to keyless entry, the biggest mistake is not securing that key fob from scanners. Keeping your car keyfob too close to an exterior wall or door is a big risk.
“Sadly, locking your car is not enough to protect it from experienced, technology savvy criminals. Electronic car theft is quiet and quick, and some experienced criminals are able to carry out the process in as little as 60 seconds.” commented Confused.com
To help prevent this, a Faraday pouch, also known as a ‘keyless pouch’, as an option for keyless car owners. These are made from signal-blocking fabric that helps to block out radio interference.
THE DRIVEWAY IS GOOD
Whilst parking on side roads may work out cheaper or more convenient, it will make your vehicle much more vulnerable to potential break-ins. Smartphone parking apps make secure parking easier to find. Most have easy-to-use interfaces with on- and off-street parking options, plus live availability too, in some cases. Some even allow you to track down private rented driveways as a safer alternative.
“Another important thing to remember is to try and park close to other people’s cars and houses, because if your car is isolated, it’s an easier target for criminals. Areas with signposted CCTV can add another layer of security, too.” Says Confused.com.
IE also recommends that you fit a yellow steering lock. It’s £20 well spent if you own a keyless entry car. It’s also good to avoid residents car parks if you have space in front of your house, or even on the road, as thieves don’t like being overheard or watched as they attempt to break into your vehicle.