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Tracker warns motorists to be vigilant as winter thefts increase

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Tracker is warning motorists to be vigilant when it comes to protecting their vehicles this winter, as the clocks go back.

The latest figures from the stolen vehicle recovery provider show that instances of vehicle theft increased by up to 25% in the colder months.

“Dark winter nights are ideal for opportunist thieves to carry out a large number of thefts whilst the chance of getting caught in the act is reduced, so it’s important for vehicle owners to take extra care,” says Andy Barrs, head of police liaison at Tracker.

“January especially is a peak month for thefts as its when we typically experience harsh frosty mornings;  drivers often leave cars unattended for a few minutes whilst de-icing which presents itself as a prime opportunity for criminal gangs.

“Drivers should never leave their cars vulnerable, especially when thieves are looking to exploit the change in weather. There are plenty of precautions motorists can take to minimise the risk, and save from the heartache and expense if their car is stolen. While a tracking unit may not prevent vehicles from being stolen, they greatly increase the chances of recovery.”

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