But we know that all drivers would rather that their car was not stolen in the first place, so what can be done to improve your car security? Below we take a look at some strategies to bolster the security of your vehicle. And with the Office for National Statistics revealing that there are nearly 360,000 instances of car theft in the UK each year, the following may be some of the most important steps you ever take when it comes to caring for your car.
If the engine's running you should be in it
Okay, this may be the most obvious, but you'd be surprised to learn that each year in the UK thousands of cars are stolen as a result of the owner just dashing out to post a letter, retrieve a parcel or collect a forgotten bag. Warming up a vehicle on a cold day is one of the most common circumstances under which a running vehicle is stolen.
Sadly, there are lots of opportunists out there who need only one invitation and it is also true that no insurer – not even a black box car insurance company – will uphold your policy in the event a car is stolen while running and unattended.
Park somewhere sensible
Some places are notorious for vehicle theft, and, if at all possible, you should avoid parking in them.
It is best to find a place to park that is populated, well lit, and, ideally, within sight of you or people you trust. And when you're out and about, try parking where lots of people will see your vehicle, rather than in some dark and secluded corner of a multi-storey.
Is it really locked?
With today's electronic key fobs it can sometimes be difficult to be sure that you've locked your car. Remember, most models let you know that they're locked by flashing the indicator lights; if this doesn't happen when you press the button, it is highly recommended that you find some way of checking.
Don't advertise your wares
It may sound sad or cynical but it is simply realistic to say that you should keep all potentially enticing valuables out of sight. This means phones, laptops, bags, sat nav systems and expensive clothes and sports gear.
Also, in the age of identity theft, be careful not to leave personal documentation such as letters and bills within view.
Install a vehicle tracker
Although it won't stop your vehicle being stolen, installing a vehicle tracker could help the police recover your car if it's stolen. But why have the added expense? With a Coverbox black box car insurance policy, the device already does that for you; added protection with no added cost.
As a Coverbox customer, if your car is stolen all you need to do is contact our 24/7 claims centre with the crime reference number and we can help the police in, hopefully, locating your vehicle.
Coverbox, car insurance for smart drivers
One of the great things about Coverbox is that we don't get involved in your driving unless there is any need. So, if you've been involved in a car accident or have your vehicle stolen – we'll be there for you.
This is why car insurance and black box technology go hand-in-hand and can really help when you need it to. The rest of the time, you don't need to worry about it. You can just DRIVE!