Safe Driving Tips
You can help prevent yourself being a victim of car crime by:
- Keeping your doors locked in built-up areas and trying to keep the windows wound up, especially at traffic lights.
- Being aware of what people are doing around you.
- By not leaving valuable items on show.
Drive to the nearest garage or police station:
- If someone tries to pull you over for no reason.
- If you think someone may have 'accidentally' bumped into your car, aiming to get you out of your car so they can steal it.
- If someone appears to have broken down or had an accident, particularly in an isolated area.
Common car sense
Always close the windows and sunroof, lock the doors and activate any security devices when leaving your car unattended. Park with care, particularly at night or if you are leaving the vehicle for a long time. If possible, park in a busy, well-lit area.
Never Leave cash, credit cards, cheque book, mobile phones, vehicle documents or other valuables in the car. (If you have no choice but to do so, make sure they are hidden well out of sight before you begin your journey - thieves may be watching you park!)
Keys - keep them safe. Never leave them in the car, even for a second - treat them as you would your cash and credit cards. Make sure they are kept in a secure place at home and at work - burglars have been known to break into houses and offices to steal car keys.Always report your concerns to the police.