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Car thieves go back to the 1980s

Date: 26 May 2016

Car crime in Britain has jumped up by eight per cent in just a year, with 81,000 vehicles stolen from their owners last year*.   Proving that classic cars are just as much a target for thieves, 40 classic Fords were stolen in the first 4 months of this year**.   Rising values and a shortage of parts, make classics highly desirable for criminals warns stolen vehicle recovery expert, TRACKER (part of the Tantalum Corporation).

Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER, and a former Chief Superintendent for South Yorkshire Police, Andy Barrs says, “Classics from the 1980s are appreciating in value, making them hot ticket items for car criminals.  Since the majority of modern classics lack the sophisticated identification markings of newer vehicles, vehicle identities are much easier to alter, thus making them harder to trace.   Despite owners having lovingly restored their pride and joy, many fail to protect them with a tracking device, significantly reducing the chances of being reunited with the car in the event of it being stolen.

“Even more heart breaking for owners, is the fact that the majority of stolen classic cars will be stripped down for parts, unless they are tracked and recovered within the first 24 hours of being stolen.  Hotspot theft areas tend to be in the South East, due to the speed at which vehicles can be moved to ports such as Felixstow and Dover, and then shipped to Europe and beyond.

“Many classic cars are not for everyday use, with owners commonly keeping them in storage for long periods of time.  This gives thieves the perfect opportunity to steal them while owners assume their vehicle is safe, locked away and out of sight.”

TRACKER’s battery powered unit provides the ultimate defence in the event of theft. The self-powered tracking device uses TRACKER’s unique award winning technology that does not rely on the vehicle’s battery in order to operate. The device has a self-contained and hidden power source, which means it is even tougher for crooks to discover.

"Discovering your car has been stolen can cause distress and inconvenience; therefore owners should take practical steps to protect their asset. We strongly advise classic car owners to choose a tracking system that provides a more resilient solution and, better still, one that delivers multiple means of location and communication. TRACKER’s SVR systems use unique VHF technology, offering motorists effective safeguards against theft, even if the GPS does fail. Alarms, engine immobilisers and the new DNA invisible markings can all be wise investments too,” concludes, Barrs.

TRACKER is the ONLY stolen vehicle recovery system operated by all Police Forces across the UK. Unlike other car tracking solutions, the device works even if the vehicle is hidden in a garage or shipping container, offering classic car owners the ultimate in peace of mind should the worst happen.
 
 
TRACKER’s Classic Car Security Tips
 
  • Park in busy or well-lit and attended car parks near CCTV cameras
  • Never leave the keys in the car
  • Ensure the doors are locked, the sunroof and windows are closed
  • Don’t leave valuables such as phones and bags in view, leave them in the boot
  • If you have a garage use it, if not park a modern car in front of the classic car on the drive, as it is harder to steal
  • Invest in an immobiliser and tracking device for high performance or classic cars for added protection and to reduce insurance premiums
  • A car alarm is essential as classics are easier to break into
  • At home, don’t keep keys in a place where they can be seen or accessed from outside

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