In recent weeks, there has been a dramatic increase in keyless car thefts from homes throughout the day and night. Our information sharing agreement with local police forces has led us to believe that vehicles are increasingly being ‘stolen to order’ – in particular luxury SUVs such as Range Rovers, Mercedes and other high end vehicles. These expensive cars can relatively quickly find themselves exported to parts of Africa and Eastern Europe by organised crime gangs at which point, retrieval becomes almost impossible.
How to prevent it:
- Keyless Entry Cars – Criminals can steel a car in as little as 18 seconds thanks to cheap, easily accessible signal reflector technology. Many modern, high-end vehicles are falling victim to theft due to this security flaw. Prevent this from happening by keeping your key away from front doors and windows. Take the key to bed with you in the evening and leave on a bedside table. The further away from the vehicle it is, the harder it is for the signal to be diverted by a potential thief. Alternatively, purchase an NFC blocker (near-field-communication), these are typically boxes which prevent wireless signals entering or leaving the box.
- Parking – Park your vehicle(s) in a well lit area and if possible, in a secure garage or lockup. If you do not have access to a garage, parking your vehicle on your driveway can significantly reduce the risk of theft compared to that of parking on a street or away from your home.
- Lock it – When leaving your vehicle, always ensure you lock the doors and the windows are fully closed. Check each car handle and boot catch after locking your vehicle to ensure the car is definitely locked. A door left slightly ajar may not be properly locked by the car’s central locking system.
- GPS Trackers – GPS Vehicle Trackers can be installed on vehicles which could help the authorities recover your vehicle. Consider having one of these devices discreetly fitted to your vehicle.
- Valuables – Don’t leave valuables unattended in your vehicle, failing that, ensure your valuables are out of sight. From bags and wallets to sunglasses and loose change, criminals have been known to break-in to vehicles for loose change, costing them nothing, but leaving you with an expensive repair or insurance bill.
- Catalytic converters – Thieves are now targeting catalytic converters from the exhaust area of vehicles. The part contains valuable metal which can be easily sold on. To prevent catalytic converter theft, park in a way which makes it awkward for thieves to get behind your vehicle. Park in well lit areas in front of occupied property. Consider getting your catalytic converter marked by a participating garage. More information can be found here.
What to do if your vehicle is stolen:
- Contact the police immediately to report the theft of your vehicle.
- If you are an LSS London client, contact your local patrol unit for rapid response.
- Do not attempt to follow the suspect. Lock all doors and windows to your home and await assistance from police or your local patrol, in case the theft is part of a larger burglary operation.
Whilst there are steps you can take to prevent vehicle crime, inevitably vehicle owners can still fall victim to the most determined of criminals. LSS Residential Security Patrols have proved invaluable to it’s clients time and time again, having prevented dozens of potential vehicle thefts. Our mobile patrol teams have an excellent record of deterring thieves and even apprehending criminals caught in the act. Secure your vehicle, home and valuable assets with LSS Residential Security Patrols today, or for more information contact us.