LOCKSMITHS has revealed five ways your car is an easy prey for thieves.
The key to forgetting, losing things and the lack of old anti-theft devices are all mistakes made by Britons, who fall victim to car thefts.
And vehicles that are left in plain view – such as on a busy road – or in unlocked storage devices also make it easier for crooks to move.
Home security expert Elizabeth Johns warned Brits that high-value cars were “priority on thieves’ lists”.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Elizabeth – corporate director at locksmith L&E Ltd – said: “It’s probably quicker and easier to grab a set of keys and drive away, than it is to grab lots of small valuables from the street. a house.”
She said keeping the key out of the window – thus out of sight of thieves who want a chance to get it – is a key deterrent.
“If they can get into the house, it’s quick to get in and out. Get your car and go out on the street.
“So whatever set of keys you have, keep it out of sight. Even in daylight.”
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Another way thieves can target your car is if your fob is lost.
If your car has a remote unlocking feature on the fob – or a keyless automatic entry device – Elizabeth recommends removing the remote receiver in your car so you can cut out a whole new set of keys.
She said drivers should also change their spare keys.
The locksmith added: “We work with auto locksmiths. Generally, if a driver has lost their car keys or their car keys are damaged, we have a lot of keys. for that.
“But we also make new keys for cars that have been stolen or even for keys that have been stolen.
“So if a car key has been stolen but the car is still there, we can erase the stolen car key from the car’s CPU and then reprogram the other key.
“So even if they come back with that key, they won’t be able to start the car with that key.
“If you’ve ever lost your car keys, you should get another key that was lost from that car.”
Other tactics Elizabeth says are often overlooked involve old-fashioned anti-theft devices.
“A lot of people don’t really think about the older methods we use to keep your car safe,” she said.
“So things like steering wheel locks or lockable posts that you can put in the front of the car.
“Those methods are great for deterring thieves because if they see anything like that, they probably won’t find the key.”
Other tactics include keeping cars on the road — in a garage or driving, for example — and making sure both are locked.
“We don’t usually see a lot of people in garages these days,” says Elizabeth.
“They usually use them for storage and things like that.
“Putting it into the garage means it’s out of sight. So they don’t know what car you have. They don’t know if you have a car or not.
“And have to enter that garage first to find out if you have a car [is another deterrent].
“So if you have one, I’ll definitely use it.
“If you can keep it off the main road or anything like that – whatever makes it harder for them to do that, that’s always the advice I give.”
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