Statistically most car thieves are male and there is a 60% chance that they are under 18. Some cars are stolen by criminal gangs involved in car stripping rings or looking for get-away cars, but most are simply stolen by opportunists, joyriding is a popular reason!
Your car is normally the second greatest investment after your home so you should do everything you can to protect it. Technology and security in newer model vehicles is now state of the art but every vehicle can be broken into as thieves have developed too and now have state of the art programs to bypass the security. The truth is that no car is theft-proof. A professional thief can steal any car, anytime, anywhere.
Vehicle theft is generally a crime of opportunity. With millions of vehicles to choose from, thieves usually opt for the “easiest” car to steal in the area. For a thief, the easiest car to steal is one that suits the thief’s purposes, one that can be entered and started quickly, and one that can be moved from place to place undetected. Whether a thief is stealing any car in sight as a means of getting home, or is determined to steal a higher-priced luxury car, the actual car that is stolen will still simply be the one that is easiest to take.
If you have only a few cars in a street and two of them had steering locks and one didn’t the obvious choice would be the one without as it would be less hassle for the thief!
Steering locks are now seen as somewhat out of date but they are an effective barrier as any thief would still have to bypass one to break into the car; given that the cost of a steering lock starts at about £10every car would benefit from having one. Equally a thief is more likely to be noticed trying to break a steering lock than if they were simply hot wiring or disabling high tech security systems as they would be in full view of any passers by!
No car can be made completely secure but no matter how outdated they look a steering lock is a good place to start!