Drivers urged to use visible deterrents, such as steering wheel locks, to deter thieves
Written by Tristan Harris on June 11, 2018
DRIVERS are being urged by West Midlands Police to use visible deterrents in their cars to stop thieves, such as steering-wheel locks.
The force says motorists can avoid becoming a victim by ensuring their car or van is protected with an approved security device.
One man who prevented thieves stealing his vehicle was Neil Horsburgh from Quinton.
Thieves failed to cut through the wheel lock on his Audi S3, despite using an angle grinder. Mr Horsburgh previously had a car stolen last December and thieves tried to make off with his new, replacement vehicle after stealing the keys from his home this spring.
It is not the only occasion such equipment has helped to stop would-be thieves.
Mr Horsburgh said: “After having a car stolen previously I learnt the lesson of taking every step possible to avoid having a victim again.
“It is a horrible feeling to have your car taken – it is something very personal and often your pride of joy which has taken months, even years to save for.
“Then there is the inconvenience of having to arrange insurance claims and getting a new vehicle. This can be avoided by taking just a few seconds to put on a steering lock.
The force is currently working with Disklok who are offering a 15 per cent discount on products for those who sign up to the WMNow service.
Car owners are reminded to keep the key to a steering lock key separate from their main set of car keys.
For 15 per cent off a Disklok sign up to our free alert system WMNow here: https://www.wmnow.co.uk/
For more car crime prevention tips visit the https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/crime-prevention webpage.