10. Pick a car that’s less popular with thieves
You have to weigh up what’s important to you here. Want to splash out on a fancy new car? It’s unfortunate that this makes your car more likely to be targeted by car thieves.
Furthermore, the Met Police have recently reported that more than a third of vehicle thefts in London involve the vehicle being driven away without using a key.¹
Car thieves are using ever more sophisticated electronic hacking equipment, using the On Board Diagnostic system to programme a new electronic key, or stealing security coding remotely when the driver uses the key fob.² Certain BMWs and Mercedes-Benz cars in particular have fallen foul of this technique.³
9. Choose a safe spot to park in if you can
If you don’t have a driveway, chances are you’ll have little choice as to your overnight parking spot but it’s worth bearing in mind.
If you need to park on the street, try and pick a well-lit area that is in public view.
If you’re keeping your car in a car park, try and go for a visible space where potential thieves can be easily seen. Also try and pick car parks with the Park Mark logo, as this means they have been specially designed for good security, with sufficient lighting and CCTV cameras.⁴