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Car security


If the car alarm is a false activation and not someone attempting to steal or break into the vehicle it would be advisable in the first instance to speak to your neighbour about the problem as they may not be aware what is happening. If the problem persists you should contact the Environmental Health department at your local council who have powers to deal with nuisance car alarms.

See the website in related information to find your local authority.

If you do see someone trying to break into a vehicle contact the police on 999 immediately.


The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre (MIRRC), also known as Thatcham, has carried out research into the subject of car security. It is recommended that when purchasing a car alarm you should purchase one that is 'Thatcham Approved'.

The AA recommends that if you have one fitted, you should use an installer that is approved by the MIRRC. For details of approved installers contact Thatcham.

See website in Related Information for more details.


Unfortunately it is up to you as the registered keeper to satisfy the issuer of the ticket that it was not you or your car at the time and place where the alleged offence occurred. Here are some suggestions on how to deal with it.

  1. You could consider taking a photograph of the rear of your vehicle that may show that it was not your car. Hopefully there will be small differences between your car and the cloned one.
  2. Legally manufactured number plates must have the details of the manufacturer on them so that may also be a way of distinguishing the vehicles, providing the photograph is of a high enough quality.
  3. If you park your car in a car park whilst at work the operator may have CCTV evidence to prove that your car was there at the time of the alleged offence.

If this is a regular occurrence (and especially if the tickets are from your local area) contact your local police.

Number plate cloning and car cloning are becoming a growing problem (though it is still on a relatively small scale in the scheme of things), but the Government is looking at ways of reducing it.


The Motor Insurance Repair Research Centre (MIRRC), also known as Thatcham, has carried out research into this area of car security. It is recommended that when purchasing a steering wheel lock you purchase one that is 'Thatcham Approved'.

Whilst fitting a steering lock may act as a deterrent to car thieves, it is worth noting that most of them can be removed in a matter of seconds. However, if yours is the only car in the area fitted with a steering lock then it is possible that the thief may target another car.


Firstly, it is preferable not to leave any possessions or valuables in your vehicle, unless this is unavoidable. If you need to leave any belongings in your vehicle keep them out of sight as much as possible, for example in the boot or glove box. Your vehicle is more likely to be targeted by thieves if they are aware there are valuable goods in it. This is especially the case at Christmas when people may leave presents in their cars.

A technique that is becoming increasingly common is where thieves gain access to vehicles using devices that block the signals sent by the remotes/key fobs that control their central locking systems. High-tech anti-theft systems have caused some drivers to become complacent and they subsequently don't check that the doors have actually locked. Many central locking systems and alarms are now activated by remotes that use radio frequencies - thieves are now using this to their advantage.

They can use certain everyday devices that utilise similar frequencies to jam the signal from the remote so the car remains unlocked. Some of these devices work continuously and so if left hidden in a bush for example, they can effectively block the signals across an entire street. Once the owner has walked away, they then enter the unlocked vehicle and remove any goods that are left inside. The thieves rely on the fact that car owners are often distracted, with some operating the remote as they are walking away. Drivers tend to assume that the remote will have worked and the car will be locked.

You should always take note of the indicator lights flashing or the noise of the doors locking. As an extra precaution, it is advisable to always physically check that the doors are locked. However, in case you do happen to become a victim of this type of theft, you should ensure that you have good insurance cover for your vehicle. Some victims have found they are not insured, as it leaves no proof that the car has been broken into.

In summary, when you leave your vehicle:

  • Always remove the ignition key and make sure the steering lock is on.
  • Close all the windows completely but never leave children or pets in an unventilated car.
  • Lock your car, even if you only leave it for a few minutes and check to make sure it's locked.
  • Remove all contents including shopping bags etc., or lock them in the boot.
  • Remove mountings for external satellite navigation systems.
  • Never leave vehicle documents in the car e.g. your driving licence or vehicle registration certificate.
  • Install an anti-theft device such as an alarm or immobiliser.
  • Etch your registration number on all your car windows.
  • At night park in well-lit areas.


Yes you can, but there are certain things that you need to consider:

  • The camera must as far as possible only be able to film within the vehicle and the area immediately surrounding it. You must ensure that no private property or other place where a person can reasonably expect to have privacy is captured by the camera or you could find yourself pursued for damages through the civil courts.
  • If you intend that the equipment will be powered by the car's battery make sure the work is carried out by a professional so as to ensure compliance with the relevant legislation and doesn't flatten the vehicle's battery.
  • It is also advisable to contact your insurance company to inform them.
  • As an additional security note, if you install expensive CCTV equipment in your car, you should ensure that it is placed in a discreet position to avoid the equipment being stolen.

Please also see the Secured By Design website in Related Information.

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