WombourneOnline has allowed me to share this article, put together after a spate of thefts in the village. As we’ve had the same issue in Kinver, I thought it might be useful to post it here.
Don’t leave your car unattended
you should never leave your car running with the keys in the ignition. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), 47% of motorists admitted to leaving their car unattended on frosty mornings to warm it up. Doing this will make your car an easy target for a thief. Also, insurers will probably not pay out if you’ve done this.
Don’t leave you valuables visible
Christmas is nearly here and you’ll probably have moments where your presents are on the seats of the car while you dash around. But a few seconds is all it takes to steal them. So keep all your valuables out of site.
Is it really locked?
You can normally tell when your car is central locked by a beep or a clunk noise. If you don’t hear either of those then double check manually. It might be that your fob isn’t working, but will also mean your alarm won’t be activated.
However… some thieves are now using remote locking jammers to target cars. What these do is prevent the signal from your fob working and your car remains open. Then they simply get into your car. So if you’re ever unsure, just pull the handle before you walk away.
For a more detailed explanation of this, check this Guardian article.
Careful where you leave your keys
Because car security has improved to much, thieves are now more interested in stealing the keys from your pocket or your house. So make sure you keep them safe when you’re out and don’t leave them in easy to reach places in your home (like next to an open window).
Again, loads more useful advice in this Guardian article.
More car safety tips?
If you have other useful tips to keep people safe, post them in the comments.