Don’t be a victim of Car theft

car-thiefMinimize your chances of being a victim of car theft with these simple and basic tips writes Geraldine Herbert

When parking your car ensure you park in a well lit area, beside other cars, where all-round visibility is good and have your keys out and ready when returning.


Lock it
Never leave a car unlocked for even a minute while going into a shop, also ensure your windows are also locked and don’t leave valuables in sight. 38% of all cars broken into between 2015 – 2017 were left unlocked.


Alarms & Trackers
 If you don’t have an alarm as standard there are plenty of companies out there who can fit one for you. The level of security depends on your budget so do some research to make sure you’re getting what you pay for. Similarly if your car is taken and you have a tracker fitted you can use GPS to pinpoint where exactly it is. The accuracy and effectiveness of these can again depend on your budget and watch out for expensive subscription fees!


Despite the advances in car security 70% of cars that are taken are stolen using the key.  Always ensure that your door and windows are locked to deter car thieves from getting inside your home but if someone is willing to break into your house for car keys it’s better that they find the keys and leave rather than go searching so often it is better to leave them downstairs.


Geraldine Herbert

27th March, 2018


Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring Editor and Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK), EuroNews and to RTÉ, Newstalk, TodayFM, BBC Radio and Vigin Media. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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