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Winter Months See The Return Of Frost Jacking By Car Thieves

As winter takes a firm hold, motorists need to be extra vigilant when it comes to protecting their vehicles, warns TRACKER. Recent figures published by the government shows that car theft is on the rise in England and Wales, increasing by 15% since 2016/17, and 40% over the last five years.[1]  Despite the rising risk of theft, 47% of motorists admit to leaving their car running but unattended on frosty mornings to warm it up2.   

Which time of year is most popular for car thefts?

“December and January are peak months for thefts, as it’s when we typically experience harsh frosty mornings,” says Clive Wain, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER. “Whilst it is tempting to leave your car running with the keys in the ignition on frosty cold mornings, experience tells us it’s not a wise move. Not only does it make your car an easy target for opportunistic thieves, but few insurers will pay out if you haven’t taken reasonable care to prevent your car from being stolen.

“And it is not just unattended vehicles left to warm up that thieves target, it is what motorists leave in their cars. At this time of year, people are out Christmas shopping and will be laden down with shopping bags. The quick solution is to drop the bags back at the car and carry on shopping. However, if you leave your shopping visible in your car, not all insurance policies cover vehicle contents, especially high-value technology.

Clive Wain concludes, “Drivers should therefore never leave their cars vulnerable, but especially now when thieves are looking to exploit the change in weather.   Don’t let thieves ruin your festive fun. Take simple but effective precautions to reduce the risk of your car or its contents from being stolen this Christmas.”

How can TRACKER help to protect my car this winter?

TRACKER has a unique partnership with UK police forces. Unlike other stolen vehicle recovery devices, TRACKER’s unique technology can locate vehicles anywhere, even when they are hidden in a garage or shipping container.



TRACKER’s Winter Security Advice

  • At home, don’t keep keys in a place where they can be seen or accessed from outside
  • Never leave the keys in the ignition, even if you are just stopping quickly
  • Never leave your car running unattended when de-icing
  • Always lock and secure your vehicle
  • Don’t leave belongings on show, lock them in the boot or take them with you
  • Do not leave technology items on display, such as satnavs or mobile telephones.  Take them with you or lock them in the boot.
  • Never leave car documents or spare keys inside the car – this only makes it easier for thieves to sell it on
  • Park in busy or well-lit and attended car parks near CCTV cameras
  • If you have a garage, use it to park your car
  • Consider fitting a tracking device to help police recover your vehicle if it’s stolen



[1] https://insurance-edge.net/2018/09/10/car-theft-increase-means-higher-insurance-premiums/

2 Association of British Insurers