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Don't become a victim of classic car theft

Date: 28 February 2014

Unfortunately for Heidi Florence, her Sunbeam Alpine wasn’t fitted with TRACKER’s market leading stolen vehicle recovery (SVR) technology, when it was stolen from outside her London home. Without a TRACKER unit inside Heidi’s classic car, Police have little hope of finding her treasured vehicle, which may already be broken down for parts, warns TRACKER, the UK’s leading stolen vehicle recovery company. Heidi urges classic car owners to invest in TRACKER, which can significantly increase the chances of police finding and returning a stolen vehicle.
“Classic car owners put blood sweat and tears go into every project; whether it’s waiting on the side of the road for the AA, the sheer frustration you feel when looking for rare parts and not forgetting the back ache due to hours spent hunched under the bonnet,” says Heidi. “Classic cars are a financial investment, as well as an emotional one, making it all the harder when they’re stolen and making them targets for thieves.
“Unfortunately I’m speaking from personal experience, as I raise awareness of the increase in classic car thefts in London and the heartbreak it causes. My 1967 Sunbeam Alpine was stolen from outside my home on Hackney Road on Tuesday 25th February 2014. Unfortunately, I discovered TRACKER products too late to protect my car. But I’m advising other classic car owners to avoid becoming a victim of this crime. Keep your car hidden from view, invest in security measures such as a steering wheel lock and a tracking device. I wish I had taken these simple precautions.”
Many classic cars are not for everyday use, therefore owners will keep them in storage for long periods of time which gives thieves the perfect opportunity to steal them while owners assume their vintage 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.
“Classic cars typically lack the security features of modern cars, making them an easy and attractive target for thieves,” explains Stephen Doran, Managing Director of TRACKER. “In addition, these cars can actually be worth more in parts than as a whole, so a quick recovery is essential.
“Over 90% of cars fitted with a TRACKER device are successfully located and returned to owners, usually within 24 hours. 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 car owners the ultimate in peace of mind should the worst happen.
“Heidi’s story is, unfortunately, all too common among classic car owners, who often spend time and money restoring their vehicle and caring for it. A TRACKER device is a small investment, but it could be the difference between a car being found by police and returned to its owner or it being lost forever to make a profit for thieves.”
Heidi is currently running a Twitter campaign to help find her car – her profile can be found at @HeidiBomb. Please follow her and retweet about the theft to help raise as much awareness as possible and hopefully recover her vehicle.
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
Please find below link to images of Heidi’s car:

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