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London Car Security: A comprehensive guide to securing your car in the capital city

In London, Police Force statistics show car crime is up 15% from two years ago and is roughly twice the national average – and that is only showing reported crime. Many crimes go unreported. As car thieves continually adapt and develop new tactics, it is crucial for car owners to stay one step ahead by investing in advanced security measures. In this article, we will explore various methods to fortify your vehicle against theft, ranging from cutting-edge trackers to traditional steering wheel locks.

More and more it is the vehicle itself that is being targeted. One of our employees had his car stolen and managed to track it to a compound where, after he called the Police, they discovered over 30 stolen vehicles. Let’s look at the options:

GPS Trackers:

One of the most effective tools in combating car theft is the use of GPS trackers. These devices allow you to monitor the real-time location of your vehicle and can significantly increase the chances of recovery if your car is stolen. Trackers are one of the best solutions because they offer easy recovery of your vehicle. The problem with alarms is no one ever intervenes. Most car thieves take a car to a car park for 24 hours to see if a tracker is fitted first so that makes it easier to recover. Consider opting for a Cat 5 tracker, which meets the Thatcham Research standards for vehicle security. These trackers offer advanced features such as remote engine immobilization and tamper alerts. A tracker is probably the number one security measure to take. The cost of fitting a Cat 5 tracker is around £600-900.

Ghost Alarms:

Ghost alarms, also known as immobilisers, provide an additional layer of security by preventing unauthorized individuals from starting your car. These devices require the input of a unique code or sequence before the engine can be started. Ghost alarms are highly effective in thwarting theft attempts as, even if thieves manage to gain physical access to your vehicle, they will not be able to drive away without the correct code. Cost to fit a ghost alarm is around £500-800.

Wheel Clamps:

Wheel clamps are a visible deterrent that can dissuade potential thieves. These devices attach securely to your vehicle’s wheels, making it nearly impossible for thieves to move the car. While wheel clamps may seem old-fashioned, they remain a reliable and cost-effective option for enhancing car security. They are easy to install and act as a physical barrier against theft. They can be overcome with a portable angle grinder but that takes time and is very visible – which thieves do not like. A lot of the challenge is to make your car a harder target so thieves go elsewhere.

Steering Wheel Locks:

Steering wheel locks have been a staple in car security for decades, and for good reason. These devices are simple yet effective, fitting over the steering wheel to prevent it from being turned. A visible steering wheel lock can act as a powerful deterrent, discouraging thieves from attempting to steal your car in the first place.

Deadlocks:

Deadlocks are additional locks installed on the doors of your vehicle, providing an extra level of resistance against forced entry. Unlike regular central locking systems, deadlocks require a unique key to open, making it more challenging for thieves to break into your car. Installing deadlocks on all doors can significantly improve the security of your vehicle. The only downside of deadlocks is they are less attractive because you suddenly have another keyhole in your door. For this reason, a lot of car owners do not like them. We would however recommend deadlocks to all van/campervan owners.

Smart Key Protection:

Many modern cars come equipped with keyless entry systems, which can be vulnerable to relay attacks. Consider using signal-blocking pouches or wallets to shield your key fob’s signal when not in use. This prevents thieves from intercepting and amplifying the key signal to gain unauthorized access to your car. A signal blocking key fob pouch can be bought for around £10.

Visible Deterrents:

Apart from the security devices already mentioned, consider using visible deterrents such as window etching with your vehicle identification number (VIN). Doing this makes it harder to disguise the car when the thieves come to try and sell it.

Conclusion: In the face of rising car theft rates in London, it is crucial for car owners to take proactive measures to protect their vehicles. Implementing a combination of advanced security technologies like GPS trackers and ghost alarms, along with traditional deterrents like wheel clamps and steering wheel locks, can create a formidable defence against theft. If you need help deciding what to do, then call us on 020 8201 8030. We are very happy to help you decide what is best for you and then get the necessary security measures installed.

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