We advise keeping theft-attractive items out of sight – although it’s much harder to do for vehicles. It used to be enough to have robust key security measures. But, this issue has been complicated by keyless vehicles and devices used by criminals to defeat security systems without leaving a trace. Despite going down in recent years, now the number of vehicle related thefts in England and Wales is rising.
Criminals aren’t always trying to take the vehicle itself. Instead, they’ll break in to or deconstruct it to access valuable parts or loose items inside, like tools and tablets. For example, rising metal prices has led to increased incidents of catalytic converter theft and other parts containing precious metals. A growing issue is battery theft as electric and hybrid vehicles become more common.