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Be aware of the dangers of selling your car privately

Date: 28 August 2013

Thief stealing car from house drivewayTRACKER, the UK’s leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) specialist, is warning private car sellers to take precautions when advertising the sale of their car. With over 57% of vehicle thefts alerted to TRACKER in 2012 involving keys, car owners should remain vigilant when inviting buyers into their homes to limit the risk of theft.
“Whilst stealing a car as a result of a classified advert online or in a magazine is thankfully pretty rare, the threat from thieves posing as potential buyers is real.  Naturally when in your own home, a place of comfort, your guard may be down leaving you more vulnerable to theft,” says Stuart Chapman, police relationships manager for TRACKER. “Indeed, our latest figures highlight that over £7 million worth of the stolen vehicles we were alerted to in 2012 were taken with the owner’s keys.”
TRACKER stolen vehicle recovery systems work like an electronic homing device. A covert transmitter is hidden in one of several dozen places around the vehicle. There is no visible aerial, so the thief won’t even know it’s there. Unlike other tracking systems, the device works even if the vehicle is hidden in a garage or taken abroad, offering car owners the ultimate in peace of mind should the worst happen.
Chapman concludes, “You can never be too sure about letting strangers inside your home and it should be avoided if possible – at the very least, always ensure you have a friend or family member with you. Think about the security of your car keys, by keeping them in a safe and hidden place will limit any risk of theft.   It’s not uncommon for thieves to break into a home to retrieve car keys, so don’t make yours an easy target.
“Car owners should also look at installing a tracking device which can result in the speedy recovery of their vehicle in the event of it being stolen. Although less than half of reported stolen cars are ever recovered, over 90% of stolen cars fitted with a TRACKER device are found and returned to their owners.”

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