Classic cars easy prey for thieves

Classic cars will always have an appeal for those willing to forego today’s modern extras like power-steering and air conditioning for the thrill of owning and driving a timeless machine.

However, Tracker, the UK’s leading stolen vehicle recovery company, is warning that it is not just creature comforts these valuable cars are missing, but important modern security features which make them an easy target for thieves.

Stuart Chapman, head of Tracker’s Police Relationship Team, said, “Classic car owners are understandably cautious when it comes to installing alarm systems and immobilisers. Some devices can be unsightly, even on modern vehicles, so people feel they affect the look of the vehicle.

Whilst that might be the case, the appeal of these vehicles for criminals makes it essential to protect them. A Tracker unit doesn’t modify the vehicle in any way; in fact it is specifically hidden, but allows the police to track the vehicle if it is stolen.”

Classic cars can sometimes be worth more in parts than as a whole. This means that not only do owners need to take extra cautions to protect vehicles, but also ensure a quick recovery in the unfortunate event of them being stolen. A Tracker unit offers a vital level of protection by recovering the vehicle swiftly, usually within 24 hours, in the event it is stolen and will not impact the look or feel of a classic car.

Chapman concluded, “As well as a Tracker unit, simple precautions can be taken to protect a classic car. Parking in well-lit areas with a good visibility is a must, as are seemingly obvious tips such as never leaving the keys in the car and making sure all the doors are locked and windows closed. As with advice for modern vehicles, owners should never leave valuables on sight in a classic car.

“Door locks on cars that are forty years old will be easy for a thief to tackle using different keys and tools. Owners could also look at the installation of a steering wheel/brake pedal lock to make it harder to steal the vehicle. Thieves are, at the end of the day opportunists, so taking precautions such as installing a car alarm, as well as a tracking device which includes an immobiliser, could reduce insurance premiums as well as protect a valuable investment.”

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