The facts about car theft – and how you can avoid it
Having anything stolen is dreadful but your car? Your freedom, your baby that you scraped and saved to buy? Goodbye, precious memories. Hello, bus stop in the rain.
Why are young drivers targeted by car thieves?
You'd think young drivers - whose cars are usually around 9 years old - wouldn't be first on a car thief's list. Who'd steal a 2001 Peugeot 206 with a hole in the floor?
Unfortunately, our old bangers are easy to nick. A thief isn't always looking to make cash on a car - they might just need a ride or even take it for fun. Nice, new cars are likely to have way more sophisticated security systems or even GPS tracking. Not worth the trouble.
Where are the worst places for car theft?
What can we do about it?
I mentioned GPS trackers - did you know black boxes work the same way if you have one fitted? And did you know we happen to provide black box insurance? Yup, we do.
Using data from the black box, we help police locate the car so they can recover it. Among other daring rescues, our favourite is the one we managed within 36 minutes of the driver calling the police.
Find out more about how we find stolen cars.
Other ways to keep your car safe from thieves:
Check it's locked
Don't leave your car running if you're not in it
Hide your valuables if you're leaving the car
Park in a well-lit area
Get a car tracker - or insure with ingenie