Electric car drivers are being warned of the increasing risk of charger theft – with replacements costing thousands of pounds.
Data suggests that the number of electric vehicles, currently estimated at around 400,000, is increasing – making thefts more likely.
Automotive experts believe many scrap and recycling companies are also getting questions about electric car chargers – mostly about how much they would pay for them.
The scrap value of materials in a cable can be worth around £50 and used chargers sell for around £200.
Now motorists are being told to educate themselves about the safety flaws of charging stations or risk being left out of pocket.
Mike Thompson, Chief Operating Officer at Lease Optionssaid: “Although there are no official figures on theft of electric car chargers, it is a growing crime.
“Unfortunately, it is relatively easy for thieves to take charging cables, especially while they are being charged.
“Software experts have also pointed out that some EV chargers had cybersecurity flaws, which meant they could be accessed remotely to unlock charging points.”
“Obviously this is not good news for electric car owners. “
However, automotive experts have issued advice on additional steps owners can take to protect their electric car charger from attacks.
Charge your vehicle at home
While it’s not always possible to charge at home, it’s a great way to minimize theft.
In addition, installing an electric charging station on your property provides additional security from prying eyes.
Opt for a charger in a garage or off the street if you can. This gives you more security and peace of mind.
Use a padlock
Padlocks are one of the best ways to deter thieves and they can be used on cables.
In addition, many electric vehicles have a loop to secure your lock while charging.
In some cases and depending on the wheels you have you can route the cable through the wheel and attach the padlock to the cable.
Use a safe box in your trunk
While some cables get stolen from boots when not in use, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use them.
Instead, opt for a secure box to stow your cord when not in use to make it harder for opportunists.
Remove the charger from the trunk overnight
The trunk is the easiest place to store your charger. However, it is also the most obvious and the first place thieves look. So instead of leaving it in your car overnight, remove it and store it safely inside until you need it again. This might be a little inconvenient, but it saves the expense of an expensive replacement.
Install a dash cam
Dash cams aren’t just great for extra security on the road – they can be a great deterrent for unwanted attention while you’re parked.
Opt for cameras that work while the car is off and charging, so any contact with your nearby vehicle is filmed.
While it won’t stop someone from stealing the cable, you may be able to see the culprit, which is helpful to the police.
Video surveillance at home
EV charger thefts happen while people are on the move and at home. For added security, install CCTV near the loading area.
This can help identify unwanted guests, but also discourage them from taking your charger with them.
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