A guide to car security, accessories, and the UK car insurance industry
The Car Security Companies directory aims to highlight national and local companies. Included within each car security company listing are details of car devices or accessories offered, and other useful information.
The UK car insurance industry plays a major role in trying to reduce vehicle crime. Since 1993 its Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre, more commonly known as Thatcham, has been responsible for researching security devices for car insurance companies. For details of approved Thatcham car security systems call the Vehicle Security National Helpline on 0870 550 2006, or alternatively visit the Thatcham website. There are many different types of car alarm systems available on the market which is why it is imperative these alarm systems are fitted properly. Look out for the Vehicle Systems Installation Board approved installers as recommended by the AA.
Thatcham’s work in researching security devices determines why some car insurance companies will offer premium discounts to customers who fit specified Thatcham approved devices to their vehicles. In a joint initiative with the Association of British Insurers, Lloyds and various Government bodies, Thatcham has recently developed the NCSR car security rating scheme for all new cars. This information is available freely to the public by visiting the NCSR website and allows prospective vehicle purchasers to make an informed choice regarding the type of vehicle they are interested in buying and its level of security.
Car Crime Awareness Guide
Some motor crime is easily preventable provided reasonable security steps are taken. Consider removing valuables away from the car or hiding them out of sight, even if you leave the vehicle for only for a few minutes. If you leave your car keys in the ignition unattended it is an open invitation for an opportunist thief to strike whether you are at home or in a petrol station. When parking the vehicle, consider using well-lit busy areas. If you use town or city car parks find out whether there are CCTV or security patrols. It is a fact that car radio/hi-fi systems and mobile phones are soft targets for thieves. Try to get into the habit of using the fold down radio cover to hide the car radio from view or removing the radio fascia if the car radio has this, even if the vehicle is left unattended for a short time. Most reputable UK car insurance companies will mention these security tips in their insurance information packs.
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