How can I keep my car from being stolen?

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Last year alone saw the theft of more than 100,000 vehicles in the UK.

And, with the increase of keyless cars, it’s good to know how you can prevent yourself from becoming an easy target.

There are a number of ways to keep your car secure and help protect it against theft:

Lock your car and keep your keys out of reach

It’s easy to forget to lock your car at times, in fact it can happen to anyone. It may sound obvious, but double-checking it’s locked might just stop it from being stolen!

If you use a keyless fob, try not to leave it anywhere near your car. Technology used by thieves makes it possible to unlock a keyless car from just outside your home. You can get special pouches or boxes for your fob that block the signal and it may even help to keep it tucked away in a drawer. Any type of key kept near the main doors of your home is a risk, so keep them somewhere safe and don’t make it easy for would-be thieves.

Park in a safe space

If you can park in a garage or a drive, you should. If parking on the road is your only option, try to park in a well-lit area, with other cars and houses around. Consider taking extra precautions if you own a car more prone to theft, like a BMW X5, Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Range Rover sport.

Beef up your security

GPS trackers are a great help when it comes to finding stolen cars still on the road. A VHF tracker can even locate cars in underground car parks and can’t be blocked by savvy thieves using technology. For this reason, trackers can also be a great deterrent.

There are more security devices besides trackers. For example, you could look into locking wheel nuts, car immobilisers or steering wheel locks. Thieves often target specific cars, such as hybrid or electric vehicles. Simple measures like installing a catalytic converter lock or marking it with Smartwater technology could be enough to put thieves off.

And finally, remove your valuables

We’re sure you’ve heard it all before, but you really shouldn’t tempt fate. Keep your valuables, and your vehicle, safe by keeping things like wallets, phones and other devices out of the car. If an item has value to you, there’s a good chance it also has value to a thief.

Flow covers up to £300 for personal belongings stolen from your car, with exceptions on certain items. Check your policy for more information.

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