Whilst our data shows that a small percentage of all cars checked with us are currently registered as stolen, UK car crime is actually on the increase.
In addition, it doesn’t get away from the fact that it causes a big problem for and can have a big effect on the average car owner and society in general.
Christmas and the holiday period is a prime opportunity for opportunist criminals to take advantage of motorists, but there are also highly organised criminals that operate around us every day.
Here are just some of the things it’s useful to be aware of:
Did you know that a car stolen by breaking into a house and taking the keys is not recorded as vehicle crime?
Stay safe: make sure your keys are not in view, do not leave them close to doors or windows or in easy reach.
Again, this is not classed as vehicle crime, but affects cars buyers, particularly in the used car market.
Stay safe: Research the car dealer, ask lots of questions about the private seller and the car they’re selling and always make sure to carry out a vehicle check to make sure that the car you’re buying matches all the paperwork.
Whilst this isn’t theft, it certainly enables unscrupulous criminals to steal your money by conning you.
Stay safe: Check all the paperwork that comes with the car and always carry out a vehicle check, paying particular notice to the recorded mileages and the MOT mileages.
The spare parts market is big business. The problem is, the parts sold may not be spare, they may be missing from your car.
Stay safe: When buying spare parts for your car, make sure you use a reputable parts dealer and if in doubt check all the identity tags for any evidence of tampering.
It’s not just high-end cars
Criminals, given the opportunity, will steal anything of value. In addition, the vehicle might be stolen in order to carry out another crime.
Stay safe: Always lock your car when you park it up and use any other security device the car is fitted with, such as an alarm or wheel lock. When entering exiting your car, be vigilant about where you are and who is around, particularly in dark hours.
Read more about vehicle crime at IAATI UK’s website.
It’s easy to get a Vehicle Factsheet to check mileages for any vehicle, simply enter the reg on our homepage or in our app and select the “Vehicle Factsheet” option. From there you can easily go on to complete a full vehicle check to see if the vehicle is stolen.