Helpful information in response to a rise in car theft incidents in recent years.
Crime statistics reflect an increase in incidents of car-jacking, including a few high profile incidents involving footballers and expensive vehicles.
Vehicle offences recorded by the police increased by 3%, mainly the result of increases in theft of a motor vehicle which is up to 115,777 for the year ending June 2019.
With vehicle theft on the rise across the UK, it is a good idea to review the new and traditional car-jacking tactics which are currently being used by criminals.
Neil Thomas, former Detective Inspector for West Midlands Police, said: "In my experience criminals are often imaginative and sometimes the tactics go no further than simply dragging people out of nice cars.
"As vehicle thefts rise, we've noticed new methods being used that are much sneakier than using physical violence alone. We urge drivers to remain vigilant and most importantly, if you are threatened with violence, give up your car – your life is far more valuable than any vehicle."
It may sound obvious, but it's essential to remain vigilant when driving, parking or returning to your car. Many people reported a suspicion that a situation 'seemed wrong' before they were approached.
Walk around your car before starting up
As you approach your car in the car park, quickly check the area. Thieves sometimes push door mirrors in the hope you will start the car and then get out to move them back into place, leaving the engine running.
Don't remotely unlock your car from a distance
You may be tempted to remotely unlock your car as you walk towards it, however this can help thieves to identify your car sooner, making it easier for them to approach you without appearing too obvious.
Manually lock the doors before pulling away
Most modern car doors lock automatically when you drive off. While you are getting ready to pull away, the doors will be open - manually lock them.
If concerned, call for help and sound the horn
Again, this seems obvious, but if you are concerned, attract attention by sounding your horn – drawing attention will deter most thieves as they don't want to be noticed or potentially filmed by witnesses as it increases the chances of them being identified or caught.
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