Increase in classic car thefts across the UK
Date: 27 March 2013
According to police reports, thieves are targeting classic cars, with Minis, classic Ford Escorts and VW Campervans proving to be hot targets*. TRACKER, the UK’s leading stolen vehicle recovery company, urges classic car owners to take steps to enhance their security and keep thieves at bay. With many stolen cars being broken down for parts, project cars left on driveways are particularly vulnerable. TRACKER’s security tips help classic car owners protect their vehicle at home and on the road.
“Classic cars are an easy target for thieves, as they are missing the security features we take for granted on modern vehicles,” says Stuart Chapman, Head of TRACKER’s Police Relationship Team. “With police reporting a rise in classic car thefts, it’s more important than ever that enthusiasts take steps to secure their pride and joy.
“Classic car owners are understandably cautious when it comes to installing alarm systems and immobilisers. Some devices can be unsightly, even on modern vehicles, so people feel they affect the look of the vehicle. Whilst that might be the case, the appeal of these vehicles for criminals makes it essential to protect them. A TRACKER unit is a car tracking solution that doesn’t modify the vehicle in any way. 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.”
Quick recovery “essential”, says TRACKER
Classic 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.
Many classic cars are not for everyday use, and therefore their owners will keep them in storage for much of the time, leaving thieves the perfect opportunity to steal them - sometimes without even using the key, as they can be easily broken in to and hotwired or towed away. The TRACKER Battery Powered Retrieve battery powered TRACKER unit is a self-powered tracking device and uses TRACKER’s unique award winning technology that does not rely on the vehicle’s battery in order to operate. The unit has a self-contained and hidden power source, which means it is even tougher for crooks to uncover.
Chapman concludes, “For owners who have spent the time renovating a classic car, as a long-term project, the thought of losing the vehicle is more than just a question of its monetary value. If one is stolen, enthusiasts lose all the time and effort they have put into creating an individual vehicle of their dreams and that’s hard to put a price on.
“For a small investment, TRACKER’s vehicle security system significantly increases the chances of a classic car being found and returned if it’s stolen. As well as a TRACKER unit, classic car owners can take simple precautions to protect their vehicles, starting with our top security tips to stop thieves in their tracks.”
TRACKER’s Classic Car Security Tips
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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
*Source http://www.classicandsportscar.com/news/general-classic-car-news/more-classics-being-targeted-by-thieves-across-the-uk January 2013