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Cars more likely to be stolen with owner’s keys in the north

December 19, 2016 | By | In News
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The North/South divide is often a cause for debate; however the latest figures from TRACKER show that 64% of cars stolen in the north of England in 2015 were stolen with keys.

This compares to just 42% of cars in the south being stolen using keys. It’s clear that all car owners need to be vigilant when it comes to keeping their car keys safe, but motorists in the north should be particularly vigilant urges TRACKER, the stolen vehicle recovery experts.

When it comes to the favoured models, car thieves in the north of England appear to prefer Mercedes Benz, whilst their counterparts in the south favour BMWs. However, figures indicate that a high percentage of vehicles in the north of the country are stolen by means of car key burglaries, frequently referred to by the police as ‘Hanoi’ or 2-in-1 burglaries, where thieves target a specific address where a desired vehicle is parked or garaged.

Supporting TRACKER’s research, West Yorkshire Police report that thieves committing burglaries in some parts of the county have switched their attention to stealing keys to take vehicles, rather than taking electrical items, money and jewellery.

However, the reality is that offences where cars are stolen by means of burglary carry a much higher sentencing tariff than cars stolen by means of conventional vehicle theft.

Meanwhile, in the south, car thieves tend to focus on compromising electronic security systems and key cloning, leading to the Metropolitan Police listing vehicle theft as one of its top seven priorities. The microchips embedded in keyless fobs emit a signal to the car which thieves are then able to intercept and copy, allowing them to start the car remotely without the owner’s knowledge. Stealing cars in this way carries a shorter jail sentence, reduces the risk of being caught red-handed and therefore serves as an additional incentive over car key burglaries.

“It’s clear from our survey and police reports that motorists need to take extra steps to protect their vehicles from thieves, but especially people in the north of England,” explains Andy Barrs, Head of Police Liaison at TRACKER.

“Car owners need to be aware that thieves are always finding ways to crack manufacturer’s security measures, whether it’s hacking a vehicle or stealing the keys. This is why fitting a tracking device is fast becoming a vital part of modern security for car owners.

“Stolen vehicle recovery technology offers motorists an added level of protection from criminals. A tracking device won’t stop a car being stolen, but it will increase the chances of police finding and recovering it, even if it’s hidden in a garage or shipping container, making it the best way close the net on thieves.”

James Ash

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Content Marketing Executive at Motors.co.uk

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