Thieves are opportunists, looking for an easy way to steal items of value from an unlocked or unattended vehicle-sometimes cash left on display, a Sat Nav from the glovebox, a mobile phone from the dashboard or perhaps tools kept overnight in a work van.
Here are a few additional tips to help keep you and your vehicle safe this winter:
Frosty morning warning- Don't make your car cosy for criminals.
Every year, vehicles are stolen around the UK from driveways and outside homes when owners leave them to warm up with the key in the ignition.
Car thieves watch the weather forecast too and will be out early in the morning on the lookout for vehicles left unattended in this way.
Stay with your vehicle and if you are in a rush, use de-icing spray and a scraper to speed up the process.
Sit inside your vehicle while the heater de-mists the windscreen.
Claims on insurance policies can be affected, if the vehicle owner is in any way deemed responsible for the theft.