UK Motorists are being urged to stay vigilant to car crime, especially due to the economic climate, which could lead to an increase in vehicle crime.
The police unit responsible for fighting car crime has been awarded a £300,000 grant from the Home Office. This funding will ensure further progress in targeting criminal activity and driving down vehicle enabled crime, which in turn will have a positive impact on society and crime rates in general.
With new cars full to the brim with security features, car criminals turn their thoughts to older cars - small saloon cars and cars over 12 years old are the most commonly targeted.
Now that a vast majority of car crime is opportunist driven, motorists should be extra vigilant to protect the vehicles and contents, especially if they don't want to become one of the crime statistics.
There is a new threat from ‘professional thieves’ who are more organised than ever, employing sophisticated methods to take, disguise and dispose of stolen cars. More frighteningly, drivers themselves, especially women, are being targeted while in their cars, or mugged for their keys.
However, considering the number of cars on UK roads has nearly doubled over the last few years - from 15 million to 28 million - the work done by manufacturers to improve car security may have held back a huge tide of crime.