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The older the easier...for car thieves

Headlines of falling car crime hide the fact that at least THREE times every minute in England and Wales, some form of vehicle theft...
Source: Autolok
Date: October 2006
Headlines of falling car crime hide the fact that at least THREE times every minute in England and Wales, some form of vehicle theft takes place… and every three minutes a car is stolen, according to the British Crime Survey. Add in vehicle vandalism, which is not included in those car theft figures, and the total car crime figure almost doubles.

Car crime may have fallen in many areas, but quite the reverse has been true in some regions, according to Home Office statistics. In Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Durham, North & South Yorkshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, London, Hampshire, Kent, Dorset and South Wales, recorded car crime increased between 2004/5 and 2005/6 - by up to 11 per cent.

If you have an older car you are most at risk. Over three quarters of the 20 or so cars stolen every hour are over 5 years old, so if you haven't taken action yourself to improve your car's security, you can count yourself lucky that you still have it!

If you think your particular 'oldie' is just not worth stealing, think again. An old car can be worth more than three times its book price when stripped down for parts and these long, dark winter evenings give thieves plenty of time to do just that.

You don't need to spend a fortune to get top security for your car. In fact, it could be a choice of fuel up or lock up as one of the simplest and most cost effective options is to fit a steering wheel lock, such as the Autolok 2000 Plus or EXS Plus. These have been vigorously attack tested by security experts to resist combined attacks for over 15 minutes.

They differ only in colour - the Autolok 2000 Plus is a highly visible yellow while the EXS Plus has a smart chrome finish. Both are very simple to fit straight from the box - just slide over the steering wheel and push a bar to deadlock. The semi-circular shield protects all vulnerable parts of the steering wheel from attack while the hardened steel security arm stops the steering wheel being turned.

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