Car theft warning: Millions of drivers have no security - ‘essential’ steps to stop crime
MILLIONS of UK drivers have no security measures installed in their cars and could be at risk of having their vehicle stolen this winter.
Over five million cars could be at risk of crime as one in seven drivers admit to not having any security tools to protect from thieves. The new analysis revealed a massive 40 percent of road users do not have a simple car alarm installed on their vehicles in a major risk.
Just 38 percent of motorists had a built-in steering lock connected to their vehicle to stop trespassers driving off with the car.
More than 80 percent of motorists did not have a GPS tracker installed with more than 90 percent admitting to not using wheel clamps.
Just eight percent of toad users said they did have a new Faraday Pouch which can block keyless car thieves from gaining access to their vehicle.
Lorraine Price, Head of Motor Insurance at Direct Line has urged drivers to take necessary steps to reduce their overall risk.
She said: “With the research suggesting that a large proportion of people are at a high risk of vehicle theft, it is of vital importance that drivers take every step necessary to protect their cars.
“With more of us parking on the street than ever before it is essential that we take steps to prevent our cars being targeted.
“Parking in well-lit areas, even if it means a longer walk to your home, is important, as is remembering to remove anything from the car which may attract thieves."
Direct Line says the North East has the most secure vehicles with at least 90 percent of road users having at least one safety feature.
But drivers in Scotland were said to be at the highest risk with over 20 percent of drivers not having any safety tools in place to protect their car.
The report found cars were most at risk from being stolen in public parking bay where a total of 20 percent of all incidents took place.
The use of garages has decreased by almost a third over the past decade with 26 percent more motorists stopping their cars on the street.
However, this was the second most common place for a car to be stolen with 18 percent stolen directly outside the owner's property.
A total of 15 percent of vehicles were stolen when drivers were parked away from their homes, such as on a holiday or a day trip.
This could leave many vulnerable as lockdown restrictions begin to ease in many areas or when travelling away from home at Christmas.
Data from the Office for National Statistics show that car theft in England and Wales has increased by 29 percent over the past five years.
There were an estimated 80,000 car thefts between April 2019 and March 2020 in a significant rise from the 62,000 incidents recorded between 2014 and 2015.
Ms Price has warned that “simple and effective” measures could be enough to protect drivers this winter.
She said: “While modern vehicles often come with a plethora of security features, this shouldn’t stop all motorists from following simple steps to protect their vehicle.
“Making sure the car is always double-locked is essential, while protecting your keys and using a Faraday pouch to block the electronic signal will prevent it being scanned by thieves.
“Other simple yet effective measures like using a steering lock or wheel clamp will make cars less attractive to thieves and much harder to steal.”