Due to a significant rise in vehicle crime Neighbourhood Watch Scotland is supporting Police Scotland in their Vehicle Crime campaign to help reduce the opportunities for criminals throughout Scotland.
Here are some tips to help secure your motor vehicles:
If you have a garage use it and lock it. If you have gates ensure these are locked. Consider using an alarm for your garage and gates.
Leaving items on show is an invitation – Mobile phones, electronic equipment, coins, sunglasses, tools, clothing and bags should be removed from the vehicle or placed in the boot.
Keys and ignition fobs should be kept safe and out of sight and reach – a common way to steal a car or van is to take the keys or ignition fob, either when left in the vehicle or from your home through housebreaking.
Always lock and close the windows of your vehicle when unattended – on the drive, the petrol station forecourt or when parking. An unlocked vehicle is the easiest to steal or steal from. When away from home, consider using a Park Mark approved car park.
Fit theft resistant number plate fittings – stolen number plates are commonly used to hide the identity of stolen vehicles. Use one-way clutch head screws to secure plates.
Use a steering wheel lock and/or a lock that fits over the gear lever. Alternatively, a security box can be fitted over the pedals to prevent thefts when the vehicle is parked up.
Double check: Listen out for the sound of your doors locking, lights flashing and/or mirrors closing. If you don’t hear or see this make sure to double check.
Fit an additional external lock to the rear and side doors of the van.
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