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  • Ensure your car is locked by checking the door handle and make sure the indicators flash.
  • Don’t leave valuables in your car. If you must leave them, place them in the boot or covered so they are not visible.
  • Keep your car locked when you’re returning the trolley or chatting to someone in the car park, it’s too easy for someone to open a door and reach inside.
  • Try to use a Park Mark accredited parking facility, these car parks are designed and managed to prevent car crime.
  • If you use a Sat Nav, GPS navigation or smart phone carrier, always remove it from the windscreen and wipe away the suction mark before you lock the car.
  • Keep your car and house keys in a secure place away from windows and doors.
  • If you have a key-less or proximity entry system, ensure that you store the keys out-of-range within your house.
  • Register your car and all its contents with Immobilise, a free registration service.
  • To stop people reaching into your car at road junctions, keep the doors locked and the windows closed.
  • Fitting a catalytic converter clamp, having it security marked or welding the converter in place will prevent its theft.
  • Fit a lock to the diagnostic port in your vehicle
  • Consider using a steering wheel lock

The AA and the RAC offer comprehensive advice and vehicles check for anyone looking to buy a new or used vehicle. Other providers can be found online by using a search engine.

Page last updated: 11 January 2018