Car crime and CCTV Systems in Essex. A recent spate of car break-ins has plagued Essex, resulting in smashed windows, stolen items and days of distress for the unlucky owners.
In April of this year, Essex Police reported 178 incidents of vehicle crime.
To help protect car-owners against break-ins and damage, here’s a list of ideas to help protect your vehicle.
Most vehicle crime is preventable. It can take as little as 10 seconds for a thief to steal something from your car. The best way to protect your belongings is to lock your car whenever you leave it. Other things you can do include:
- Removing everything from the car; don’t even leave a jacket where it can be seen
- Closing the sunroof along with the windows when you leave
- Not storing things in the boot; take them with you
- Storing car ownership information in your home, not your car
- Having a routine to ensure you always take the keys out of the ignition
- Taking removable stereos and sat nav equipment with you
- In addition, using secure (theft resistant) number plates can make your plates less attractive to thieves
- Where you park can make a big difference to the safety of your car and your belongings.
- Thieves sometimes break into houses looking for car keys. They can also use wires and hooks ‘to try and drag’ your keys through the letterbox. Keep your keys away from doors and windows, and tucked away out of sight.
- Have your vehicle’s windows etched with its registration number or the last seven digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN). This can put criminals off, as it makes your car more difficult to sell. It also makes it easier for police to get your car back to you if it is stolen.