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The key to a car thief’s success

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New technology means cars are harder than ever to steal. So now more and more thieves are targeting the keys to get the car. Make life harder for thieves  with our four  top tips writes Geraldine Herbert

 

  1. Don’t display your car keys in the hallway

If a  thief spots them through the letterbox, it’s too easy for them to break in or use a ‘hook and cane’ to get them.  But remember if someone is willing to break into your house in order to get to your car keys, it’s better that they find the keys and leave rather than ransacking your home – so it’s preferable to leave them downstairs when you go to bed.

 

  1. Never leave your car with the keys in the ignition

While you’re paying for petrol, popping into the shop or simply opening the boot, a thief can easily drive your car away if the keys are still in the ignition.

 

  1. Keep your keys with you

Don’t hang up your jacket with your car keys in the pocket: keep them with you and out-of-sight at all times.

 

  1. Don’t leave your car running to ‘defrost’ or heat up

At this time of the year this is one of the most common causes of car theft using the original keys. There’s no need to warm up modern cars, and an ice scraper will do the job just as fast.

 

13th September, 2016

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

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

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