Increase in classic car thefts across the UK
TRACKER, the UK's leading stolen vehicle recovery company, offers vehicle security tips to classic car owners.
The company urges classic car owners to take the necessary steps to enhance their security and keep potential thieves at bay as, according to police reports, thieves are targeting classic cars, with Minis, classic Ford Escorts and Volkswagen Campervans the hot targets.
Stuart Chapman, Head of TRACKER's Police Relationship Team, says: 'Classic cars are an easy target for thieves, as they are missing the security features we take for granted on modern vehicles. With police reporting a rise in classic car thefts, it's more important than ever that enthusiasts take steps to secure their pride and joy.'
Chapman further added: 'Classic car owners are understandably cautious when it comes to installing alarm systems and immobilisers. Some devices can be unsightly, even on modern vehicles, so people feel they affect the look of the vehicle.
'Whilst that might be the case, the appeal of these vehicles for criminals makes it essential to protect them.'
Classic cars can actually be valued at more money in parts than as a whole, so recovering a stolen classic vehicle quickly is essential.
As many classic car owners store their vehicles, rather than use them for everyday usage, thieves are presented with a perfect opportunity to steal them - sometimes even without using the car's key!
Chapman concludes: 'For owners who have spent the time renovating a classic car, as a long-term project, the thought of losing the vehicle is more than just a question of its monetary value.'
He continued: 'If one is stolen, enthusiasts lose all the time and effort they have put into creating an individual vehicle of their dreams and that's hard to put a price on.'
TRACKER's Classic Car Security Tips are shown below:
-Park in busy or well-lit and attended car parks near CCTV cameras
-Never leave the keys in the car
-Ensure the doors are locked; the sunroof and windows are closed
-Don't leave valuables such as phones and bags in view, leave them in the boot
-If you have a garage: use it; if not, park a modern car in front of the classic car on the drive, as it is harder to steal
-Invest in an immobiliser and tracking device for high performance or classic cars for added protection and to reduce insurance premiums
-A car alarm is essential as classics are easier to break into
-At home, don't keep keys in a place where they can be seen or accessed from outside.