Car crime occurs all over the world at some point, with some areas being more prone to it than others. However, there is evidence to suggest that the numbers are gradually falling with some places even reaching record low figures. So why is car crime becoming less and less common in the UK?
With car crime having been popular across the UK, it makes sense that car owners were taking extra steps to protect their vehicles. The standard of security has gradually increased over the years but even five years ago the options available were nowhere near as advanced as they are now. Remote central locking was still not available as standard on all new cars and they didn’t all feature alarms either.
As a result, people were buying – and still are – after-market extras including upgraded alarm systems. Some were turning to companies like Tracker to invest in tracking devices for their cars. These systems would give people the peace of mind that if they were the victim of car theft, they could still trace the location of their vehicle and increase their chances of getting it recovered.
As people were spending money on the after-market extras, it became clear that the technology was available. However, some people found it was cheaper to add these extras on from after-market dealers rather than directly from the manufacturer, while other people simply didn’t have the chance to get increased security features with their purchase.
The manufacturers have come a long way in increasing the levels of security that are offered as standard with their vehicles. As well as improving the drive experience and safety levels, they’ve also added smarter alarms, better locks and the ability to automatically lock doors when the vehicle is moving. All of these things are steps in the right direction for cutting down levels of vehicle-related crime.
The amount of crime that is actually being reported across the board is also thought to have increased as well, potentially putting of would-be thieves. Whereas in the past, people have avoided reporting crimes or haven’t been taken seriously, there now seems to be a change in attitudes. Because of this shift, people are more willing to come forward and report crimes than they had been in the past.
This shift will have eventually reached down to the thieves themselves and they may be aware that the legal system is better equipped to track them down and punish them accordingly. This could put them off from trying some crimes, particularly car crimes. With so many opportunities to be caught stealing a car compared to a few years ago, it makes sense that a lot of thieves are considerably more reluctant to push their luck and break the law than they once were. There are CCTV cameras, tracking devices, alarm systems, motion sensors, security gates, immobilisers and many more gadgets that are all designed to cut down the crime rates, making people and their vehicles much safer.