Admittedly, this posting has little to do with our core product range or the services that we offer. But we do seem to be having a considerable rise of car related crime in the area at the moment with the main item of interest being targeted are satellite navigation systems. Car manufactures seem to have finally accepted that the expensive audio systems that were installed after the car was manufactured were just too easy to steal. As far as I am aware all modern cars now have the radio/stereo system installed as part of the dash board rather than a separate item, basically meaning it cannot be stolen. Hence car thieves now target items such as satellite navigation devises, and externally added MP3 players etc.
Cars are also still stolen and we can offer solutions to prevent this from happening. Using a domestic type of driveway post installed on your drive in front of your car offers not only a highly visible deterrent but also a very physical one. For ease of use we would recommend using a telescopic post that neatly drops down into the ground but the removable post which is locked into a socket still offers a good level of security. Cars are frequently stolen when the keys are taken from the house hold during a burglary; in fact it is not uncommon for your car to be used as a mode for transporting the items stolen from your house to the burglar's lock up. So rule number one don’t leave your car keys hanging up next to the back door keep them in a less obvious place.
Some tips to stop your Satellite Navigation System and Car from being Stolen!
- Always disconnect your Sat Nav from the car and take it with you or lock it in the boot.
- Wipe away the mark left by the suction mount on the wind screen this is a dead give-away that a Sat Nav may be in the car.
- Do not leave the power lead plugged in and visible.
- Record the serial number of your device, make and model, and make a backup of your maps etc if you can.
- Using an ultra violet security marker pen write your post code and house number on the device.
- Always check that the car doors are locked and the sun roof and windows are fully closed.
- Park in a well-lit busy area that is used for parking, or park in a patrolled secure car park if possible.
- Don’t leave anything valuable on show in the car from lap-tops to handbags, even loose change is targeted, I know it’s unbelievable!
- Don’t input your actual home address into your Satellite Navigation Device as if it is stolen the thief now also has your home address.
- As mentioned above to stop the car from being stolen ensure your car keys are not visible from a window and consider hiding them in a safe place.
- Using a vehicle post is the ultimate in preventing your car from being stolen, they are a neat and effective solution.
So in summing up the sensible rule here is never to leave anything on display that might attract the attention of a thief, if they can’t see the valuables then the chances are high they will simply move on and target someone else.
If you would like to discuss our range of vehicle posts please contact our friendly team for advice.