As we enjoy the end of summer and the mild early autumn weather, the long-term forecast is predicting a harsh winter ahead.
Unfortunately, some canny car criminals will be keeping a close eye on the weather forecast, and as temperatures drop it will bring frosty mornings and the first spate of ‘frost-jackings’.
You see, frosty mornings mean some people leave their cars unlocked and unattended with the engine running to clear frosted windows. This is an absolute ‘gift’ to car criminals.
Whilst some of the ‘frost jacking thefts’ are opportune, many are planned. Organised gangs will target specific makes and models that are parked out overnight. They will keep watch on the vehicles when the weather is cold, waiting for you to leave it unattended.
So, I’m urging you to use your common sense, especially on cold mornings, when thieves could be looking for a chance to steal a car from under your nose.
Never leave your car unattended with the engine running. It may take a few minutes more, but a few simple security precautions can save a lot of heartache and expense if your car is stolen.
Here’s my winter security advice
- 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, mobile telephones or DVD players. 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
- Keep doors locked and windows up when driving
- Park in busy or well-lit and attended car parks near CCTV cameras
- If you have a garage, use it to park your car
- At home, don’t keep keys in a place where they can be seen or accessed from outside
- Consider fitting a tracking device to help police recover your car if it’s stolen