Car Crime Prevention

See the Police’s guide to protecting your vehicle, which covers motorbikes as well as cars.

  • Never leave valuable items in your car; this includes sunglasses, sat nav, laptops, mobile phones, loose cash and any clothing that could tempt a potential thief looking into your vehicle.
  • Always lock your vehicle and close any windows and sun roof
  • Never leave your keys in the car.
  • Wipe off any sat nav marks on your windscreen
  • Park with care especially at night or if you are leaving your vehicle for a long time. If possible park in a well lit busy area.
  • Secure number plates with tamper proof or clutch head screws.
  • Avoid leaving your car keys where they can be seen from the front door or windows of your home.

Extra precautions

  • If you have an older car, or one without an alarm, consider getting one fitted or use a steering lock.
  • Fit a tracking device to your vehicle
  • Consider having the vehicles registration number or vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on each window.