A GUIDE to combating thieves has been launched after research showed a third of thefts came during summer.
Last year, 30% of thefts of vehicles fitted with the Tracker system took place in June, July and August. In many cases, vehicles were taken after being parked up while the owners went away on holiday.
If drivers are leaving their cars at home, Tracker recommends six anti-crime techniques, ranging from the simple, such as keeping doors locked and windows shut, to telling neighbours about an impending trip. For drivers taking the car with them, some of the same principles apply, along with keeping keys in a safe place at night.
Tracker, the UK's leading stolen vehicle recovery system, is now fitted to more than 550,000 vehicles in the UK and has helped the police in the recovery of more than 11,700 vehicles worth £224 million since 1993, leading to the arrest of more than 1,600 criminals.
Anti-theft advice on holiday
Whenever your car is left, even for a moment and no matter how hot the conditions, ensure all the doors and windows are locked
Do not leave any valuables on view in your car. If you have to leave personal belongings, lock them in the boot
If you have a stereo with a detachable front, always remove it
Always park in well-lit, open locations or in secure car parks
Consider fitting additional security such as a steering wheel lock or a tracking device
Keep your keys in a safe place out of sight when not using your car
Anti-theft advice at home
Make sure all doors are locked, the windows and sun-roof are shut and that all valuables are removed from your car
Ensure all anti-theft devices are working and are primed
If you have a garage, use it, lock it, and put your car out of sight
Tell your neighbours you will be away and ask them to check your car
Leave your car keys and garage keys with a neighbour or hidden