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Vehicle Key Security

The methods of vehicle theft are changing as vehicle security improves. Theft of new vehicles is in decline, whereas theft from vehicles is on the increase. Thieves are targeting older vehicles, devising ways of obtaining keys and creating opportunities to drive away unlocked vehicles. 

Over the years vehicle manufacturers in conjunction with Insurance companies have worked very hard to develop more effective alarms and immobilisers to stay one step ahead of the opportunistic and professional car thief. However, car thieves are fighting back and finding new ways to steal cars.

Drivers should be alerted to the increased number of thefts from private houses, where the prime object is to steal vehicle keys and subsequently the vehicle, parked on the driveway, in the road or even in the road or from the garage.

Vehicle keys should be kept in a secure position at all times and not left within easy reach. Never leave the keys in an obvious place, be vigilant at all times and remain key aware by following these simple steps:-

Always take and keep your keys with you even when:-

  1. Filling up with Petrol 
  2. Popping into the newsagents 
  3. Loading Items into the boot/tailgate area 
  4. Buying a parking ticket

Never leave vehicles unattended when:-

  1. Warming up in the winter 
  2. Cooling it down in the summer

Always keep keys safe when not using the vehicle:

  1. Keep them out of sight 
  2. In a secure place 
  3. Away from windows and Doors 
  4. Do not leave keys on a desk in an open office area, especially where there is public access 
  5. Avoid displaying the registration number on the key ring 

For more information about vehicle security

Useful Motor Risk Templates are available for you to download free of charge - visit our ‘Tools and Templates' section.

For more information on useful products and services to help you manage your vehicles and drivers view our Specialist Partners

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Please Note
This document contains general information and guidance and is not and should not be relied on as specific advice. The document may not cover every risk, exposure or hazard that may arise and Aviva recommend that you obtain specific advice relevant to the circumstances. AVIVA accepts no responsibility or liability towards any person who may rely upon this document.

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