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Tips to safeguard against car-jacking

Tips to safeguard against car-jacking

The recent rise in car thefts in Britain could be due to a worrying upsurge in car-jackings according to AX.

Home Office statistics reveal thefts of vehicles to be at a 10-year high – to over 110,000 incidents in the year to March 2018 – with keyless systems vulnerable to hacking suspected of being responsible.

However, experts at AX say the increase is strongly correlated with the wave of car-jackings across the country, with some areas including the Midlands apparently affected more than elsewhere.

The trend has been identified as AX reveals its top tips to help prevent car-jackings, including simple steps such as never remotely unlocking a car from a distance.

A slew of social and traditional media reports, particularly in the Midlands, together with intelligence coming through AX operatives, point to a rise across the UK and new car-jacking tactics being used.

With tricks ranging from the thieves placing something that looks like an injured animal in the road and stealing the car when the driver gets out to investigate; to simply leaving a leaflet on the vehicle windscreen and taking the car once the driver gets out to remove it, the methods are varied but are ultimately designed to get the car started, and the driver distracted.

Neil Thomas, director of investigative services at AX and a former detective inspector for West Midlands Police, said, 'In my experience criminals are often unimaginative and sometimes the tactics go no further than simply dragging people out of nice cars.

'However, as vehicle thefts rise, we've noticed new methods being used that are much sneakier than using physical violence alone. We urge drivers to remain vigilant and, most importantly, if you are threatened with violence, give up your car – your life is far more valuable than any vehicle.'

However, there are some basic tips offered by Neil that motorists can use to safeguard themselves against car-jacking criminals.

  1. Remain vigilant and trust your instinct
  2. Walk around your car before starting up
  3. Don't remotely unlock your car from a distance
  4. Manually lock doors before pulling away
  5. If concerned call for help and sound the horn
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