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According to police reports, thieves are targeting classic cars, with Minis, classic Ford Escorts and VW Campervans proving to be hot targets*. TRACKER, the UK’s leading stolen vehicle recovery company, urges classic car owners to take steps to enhance their security and keep thieves at bay. With many stolen cars being broken down for parts, project cars left on driveways are particularly vulnerable. TRACKER’s security tips help classic car owners protect their vehicle at home and on the road.
“Classic cars are an easy target for thieves, as they are missing the security features we take for granted on modern vehicles,” says Stuart Chapman, Head of TRACKER’s Police Relationship Team. “With police reporting a rise in classic car thefts, it’s more important than ever that enthusiasts take steps to secure their pride and joy.”
TRACKER’s Classic Car Security Tips
Park in busy or well-lit and attended car parks near CCTV cameras
Never leave the keys in the car
Ensure the doors are locked, the sunroof and windows are closed
Don’t leave valuables such as phones and bags in view, leave them in the boot
If you have a garage use it, if not park a modern car in front of the classic car on the drive, as it is harder to steal
Invest in an immobiliser and tracking device for high performance or classic cars for added protection and to reduce insurance premiums
A car alarm is essential as classics are easier to break into
At home, don’t keep keys in a place where they can be seen or accessed from outside