Posted by Ryan S

Car theft sees an increase year on year

Car theft in the UK is at an all-time high. 2023 data shows a massive 28% increase in the number of vehicles reported stolen compared to the previous year. But fewer than 7% of cases actually resulted in anyone being charged – with 7 in 10 (69%) dropped due to no suspect being identified. Together, these two statistics paint a grim picture for drivers up and down the country. So, is it time to take vehicle security into our own hands?

There are a number of ways an individual can protect their car. Firstly, taking simple actions such as keeping valuables out of sight, parking in a well-lit area, and even turning the wheels towards the curb can all help deter thieves. But if drivers are looking to secure their cars further, installing a steering wheel lock or a driveway bollard means that even if a thief got into the vehicle, they couldn’t get anywhere with it.

This is particularly important for those with keyless vehicles. Data shows that many newer models are being broken into using technology that is designed to trip keyless access mechanisms. As a result, physical deterrents like a high-quality bollard on the driveway are more important than ever. But it’s vital to note that not all products are made equally, so drivers should do their due diligence and only install security equipment that will protect their cars properly.

Ryan spoke to vehicle security expert Lucy Ketley.

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