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How to Keep Your Car Safe on Holiday

How to Keep Your Car Safe on Holiday

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When we’re at home we probably only have a handful of places where we park and leave our beloved cars; when we're on holiday, we don't know where we're leaving our cars, so we need to be extra vigilant.

5 Tips to Help Keep Your Car Safe on Holiday

  • Keep the contents hidden - You don’t want to be leaving your car, in an unknown car park, packed to the roof with valuables.
  • Park wisely - If you have to park on the road, then choose your parking spot wisely.
  • Tidy up - An empty, tidy interior means less attention and curiosity from opportunist thieves.
  • Check your valuables - If you’ve left anything valuable locked in your glovebox or boot, check it’s still there as soon as you return to your car.
  • Wipe your windscreen - Marks left behind from sat navs or phone cradles tell thieves you have something worth stealing.

 


When we’re at home we probably only have a handful of places where we park and leave our beloved cars; in our garage, on our driveway, in front of our home, at work, in the supermarket car park.

What we don’t usually do is drive to a place we don’t know, which could be a car theft hotspot; park our car, with our holiday paraphernalia in it, then walk away and leave it!

So, is there anything you can do to keep your car safe from theft, whilst on your hols? Be alert, follow these 5 tips and help keep both your car and its holiday contents safer.

Busy UK beach


Keep the contents hidden

When you pack your car to go away on holiday, you can begin to wonder if you’ve got everything in barring the kitchen sink! Firstly, don’t pack unnecessary high value goods into your car; you’ll probably have to stop at a motorway services or somewhere else for the family, or you, to stretch your legs.

You don’t want to be leaving your car, in an unknown car park, packed to the roof with valuables. Don’t take them if they’re not necessary and if they are make sure they’re totally hidden from view.

Broken rear car window where a thief has broken in


Park wisely

If you have to park on the road, then choose your parking spot wisely. If you’re likely to be parked there when it goes dark, make sure you’re near a streetlamp, in a well-lit area and not in a dark stretch of road. Try and park where you’re in the view of houses or busy shops and scan around to see if you can locate the nearest CCTV camera and if so, will your car be in its view.

Park your car with its wheels turned in towards the kerb; it makes for difficult manoeuvring for a potential thief and should help attract unwanted attention to their getaway.

If you’re parking in a car park always park front first into the parking bay; that way any car thief won’t have an easy option of a quick getaway as they’ll have to reverse out of your spot.

On street parking under a streetlamp


Tidy cars are safer

A car that’s brimming with beach towels, jackets, flip flops and clothes attracts the interest of thieves. They wonder if all that ‘stuff’ is there to cover up valuables. Never leave tablets or phones hidden, but still hooked up to the dash or centre console by their charger wires, that tell potential thieves all they need to know about the contents of your car.

An empty, tidy interior means less attention and curiosity from opportunist thieves.

Little girl sat in back of hatchback packed for holidays


Check your valuables

If you’ve had to leave anything valuable locked in your glovebox or boot, check it’s still there as soon as you return to your car. If your car has been broken into you need to know where and when it happened and not discover the item is missing at a later date.

Smartphone, laptop and tablet


Wipe your windscreen

Something you’d probably never think of, but the suction mounts from Sat Navs and phone cradles leave marks on your windscreen which tell thieves you have something worth stealing and that it may well be in your glovebox or centre console. Either wipe the marks away with screen wipes or better still take the devices with you.

Sat Nav suction pad leaving a mark on the windscreen


It’s important to always be alert and use common sense.

  • Don’t park in the darkest corner of a car park.
  • Don’t be seen putting expensive tablets and/or phones into the boot of your car.
  • Don’t think a beach towel covering your smartphone will fool a thief.

Be vigilant and enjoy your holiday!