With car technology improving all the time it probably feels like they are safer and more secure than ever, but sadly this isn’t the case with car theft still on the rise. If you or someone you know has had a car stolen then you know it can be a very stressful experience, and even if you are not a victim of theft it can still impact you with increased premiums.

However, there is some good news. There are lots of easy steps you can take to protect yourself and your car. Here at GoSkippy we have made a list of the best ways to combat this crime.

Did you know?

Figures from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) show motor theft claims paid by insurers in the first quarter of 2019 were at higher than any quarter since 2012.

Shockingly, a payment was made to a car crime victim every 8 minutes and cost £108 million. That works out as over £1.2 million paid to policyholders every day, and has seen the overall cost of motor theft claims double in the last four years which ultimately leads to higher premiums.

How can I protect my car?

Do the easy stuff – The classic methods of keeping your car safe are still all valid, ensuring your car is properly locked, all windows are up, and not leaving valuables in the car (or if you need to, put them out of sight in the boot).

Secure your keys – Make sure to keep your keys away from your front door or any windows, thieves have been known to try and reach them through a letter box or via windows.

Go old school – Devices such as a steering wheel lock, a driveway parking post, or even a wheel clamp can be a good theft preventive. Most high street car accessory stores such as Halfords have a great range which are secure and won’t break the bank.

Got a garage? Use it! –  A garage would obviously give more security for a car (especially an alarmed one) but the number of people that don’t use them is surprising, it only takes minutes to put your car in the garage and would add so much protection. If you do only have a driveway then adding something like a security light can be a good purchase and can discourage car thieves.

Park sensibly – the RAC recommend that when parking away from home, make sure to either park under a street light, in a secure car park, or if you’re at a friends or family, on their drive way if you can. And like anytime, lock up, no valuables in view, use a steering lock if you have one, and secure your keys.

Add a tracking deviceTracker state that vehicles fitted with its tech have a 96 per cent recovery rate when stolen. Not only is a tracker an excellent deterrent, but if the worst happens there is a far better chance your car can be recovered.

Buy a signal-blocking pouch – if you have keyless entry on your car, a signal blocker or Faraday pouch is made of signal-blocking materials that stop your key transmitting its security code. Keep your key in one of these and it can stop thieves from detecting and increasing its signal, and driving away with your car. Carbuyer magazine have reviewed the best here.

Is there anything more you can do?

Make sure your car has the latest software updates for the car itself. Carmakers are working on ways to combat keyless theft, with new frequency technologies, software and keys. Having the latest theft protection can help keep your car safe.

Finally, make sure you’re insured, keep an eye out for any unusual activity in your area, and keep your neighbours and if necessary, the police informed.