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Tips on Keeping Your Vehicle Secure

Photo of Fergus By Fergus
16th January 2024
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General security tips

According to Home Office figures, vehicle thefts in England and Wales cost insurers almost £1.5 billion per year. No matter where you live in the UK, it is important to be vigilant. Taking simple steps, like locking your car, parking in a well-lit area, and ensuring valuables are kept out of sight can help deter criminals.

David Johnson
Director - Nationwide Vehicle Contracts

Theft of car keys typically occurs via:

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Burglary of your home

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Keys left by an unlocked front door

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Keys 'fished' through a letterbox:


Pickpocketing, especially from unattended clothing or bags

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Keys left in locks

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Car and van security devices

Security features to consider include:

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Car alarms

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location pin

GPS trackers

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Steering wheel lock

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While car crime can strike anywhere, inner cities are the worst areas for vehicle theft. If you work or live in a major city, use a Park Mark car park for extra safety, or one that is well-lit and has lots of foot traffic. If you're planning an overnight trip, consider leaving the car at home and using public transport. Research shows four out of five vehicle-related thefts happen during the hours of darkness.

David Johnson
Director - Nationwide Vehicle Contracts

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