John Hayward-Cripps, CEO of Neighbourhood Watch Network, says “Most car crimes happen because cars are left unlocked. There is a misconception that some cars are auto-locking and lock themselves if left unattended after a period of time. This isn’t always correct. Another misconception is that your car is too old and no one will bother stealing it. This is also incorrect – both new and old cars are at risk. Having a car stolen or broken into is more than simply a hassle, it can impact on people’s livelihoods. The good news is that there are simple steps everyone can take to help reduce the risk to their car. With only a 46% recovery rate3 we’re reminding everyone to leave your car locked, lit and empty.”
Leave your car: 1. Locked: A simple mistake that can prove calamitous: 44% of cars are broken into via an unlocked door. See our Leave Your Car Locked video.
2. Lit: 80% of car crime occurs during the evening or at night. Parking near streetlamps or in a busy area can deter thieves. See our Leave Your Car Lit video.
3. Empty (or with no items on show): Owners often forget that personal belongings are at as much risk of being stolen as the car itself. See our Leave Your Car Empty video.
Hayward-Cripps continues “Car thieves are opportunists. Leaving items on a car seat or forgetting to lock your car can act as an invitation for crime. We want to instil the habit of double checking where and how you’ve parked with our three simple steps: leave it locked, lit and empty.