Whether you’re setting off on a motoring holiday or jetting off and leaving your vehicle at home, you will want to do all you can to make sure your holiday is not ruined by car thieves.
Statistics have shown that 30 per cent of cars stolen in 2005, were stolen in the summer months of June, July and August.
Pickings are high for would-be car thieves as vehicles can be left for weeks on end without anybody checking up on them, or parked for long periods in remote and unfamiliar areas – in the countryside or at the beach.
This, combined with a tendency of drivers to leave windows slightly ajar to cool their vehicle and sometimes even leaving the roof down, means opportunist thieves find that the summer provides plenty of opportunities.
More and more people are choosing to install parking posts to protect their vehicle against theft whilst it’s left on the driveway. Relatively cheap to install, a parking post has been proven as an effective detterent to car thieves.
Top Tips for keeping your vehicle secure at home:
- Make sure all doors are locked, the windows and sun-roof are shut and that all valuables are removed from your car;
- Ensure all anti-theft devices are working and are primed;
- If you have a tracking device, make sure the company knows how to contact you in the event of a theft alert;
- If you have a garage, use it, lock it, and put your car out of sight of prying eyes;
- If you have a parking post, ensure it is locked in the upright position;
- Tell your neighbours that you will be away and ask them to check on your vehicle regularly;
- Either leave your car keys, garage keys, and parking post keys with a neighbour or hidden in seperate locations.
Top Tips for keeping your vehicle secure on holiday:
- Whenever your car is left, even for a moment and no matter how hot the conditions, ensure all the doors are locked and that the windows and sun-roof are closed;
- Do not leave any valuables on view in your car. If you have to leave personal belongings, lock them in the boot;
- If you have a stereo with a detachable front, always remove it and hide it from view;
- Always park in well-lit, open locations if possible, or in secure car parks;
- Consider fitting additional security such as a steering wheel lock or a tracking device;
- Always keep your keys in a safe place when not using your car, out of sight.
Carpark Barriers Turnstiles have experienced a boom period on the supply and installation of our high quality parking posts, a testiment to their renowned reputation of reducing vehicle theft and providing peace of mind.
If you require further information or advice on installing parking posts on your property, please don’t hesitate to contact us.