A SIMPLE habit when you’re parking your car can quickly deter would-be criminals from aiming at your engine—and it doesn’t cost anything.
According to a former car thief, one of the best ways to keep burglars at bay is to turn your wheels sharply toward the curb when parallel parking on a street.
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Car thefts are on the rise across the country with over 108,000 vehicles hit in England and Wales in March 2021-March 2022.
The spike has prompted former car thief Michael Fraser to offer his insider knowledge to help Brits keep their cars safe.
Michael, who is now a home security expert, said simply turning the wheels toward the curb will immediately stop criminals from attacking your car.
He told BBC News: “If you look down the road, ninety-nine per cent of us park parallel with our wheels dead straight.
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“One percent will turn their wheels into the curb or towards another car. You will never find out that the car is stolen.”
The former burglar said efforts to secure your home and engine will deter criminals from tagging your property because “burglars are very lazy people”.
He added: “Burglary will never change because it’s so easy and you’re more likely to get away with burglary than anything else because it’s not considered seriously.
“If you’re doing anything to secure your property, he pulls next door. Ninety-nine percent of us just do nothing.
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“You do everything to secure your property, he’s moving next door.”
BBC presenter Joanna Gosling was surprised at how simple yet effective the car wheel method was, saying it was “an easy thing to change”.
Alex Cross, director of insurance at Tesco Bank, warned motorists are increasingly at risk due to the increasing sophistication of car thieves and their tactics.
He added that with the rapid development of car technology, it’s no longer a “smash-and-grab job.”
This specifically relates to the introduction of keyless entry into cars, which has allowed thieves to relay the signal from the car’s key fob to a device that can amplify the signal and unlock the car.
Alex urged keyless drivers to keep their car keys away from windows and doors at night or use a Faraday bag to block any signals coming from the key fob.
Parking in a garage or well-lit residential area is also recommended to deter potential motor theft.
There has been a significant increase in car thefts in recent years, with data showing that Ford and Vauxhall vehicles are the most at risk of being stolen.
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The two make up more than 30 percent of auto theft claims, reports the Express.
And as of 2018, North Coventry, Harrow, East Birmingham, Brent and Greater London are among the top 5 areas in the UK most prone to theft of cars, each year by total and ranking of claims.