Cold Weather

Cold Mornings Car CrimeYou’ve heard of Jack Frost, but have you heard of Frost-jacking? As the temperature drops the number of ‘frost-jackings’ increases.

In a frost-jacking a thief will steal a car that has been left to defrost on the owner’s driveway or their street, complete with the keys in the ignition and the engine running.

If your car is stolen when keys are left in it, it is likely that your insurance will not cover you.

Top tips to help prevent frost-jacking:

  • Never leave the keys in the ignition, even if you are away from the car for a short time. Always lock your vehicle.
  • Never leave your car running unattended when de-icing. Why not use a scraper instead?
  • Don’t leave your valuables in the car. Take them with you.
  • If you have a garage, use it to park your car. You won’t need to scrape frost off it on a cold morning and it’s out of sight.

Drivers who ignore this advice are taking big risks. Thieves will drive around residential areas looking for likely targets - when they spot a vehicle with its engine left running on a drive or outside a home, it's there for the taking.

One person will be dropped off, gets into the target vehicle and simply drives away. Many of the vehicles are never recovered, and some - especially high value models such as Mercedes, BMW and Audi - may be shipped overseas.

It is also worth remembering if your car is stolen when keys have been left in it, you may find your insurance will not cover you. If your house keys are stolen along with your car, your home is then vulnerable too.

So, this winter, don't give criminals an easy ride by leaving your car running unattended.