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Preventing car theft

When a car theft leaves someone dead, it makes you wonder how far thieves will go to take a car.

The horrific case of Lynda Hankey, who was run over whilst trying to stop her car being stolen, has shocked the nation and has highlighted how easily things can go wrong. It is part of your natural instinct to protect your property however in this unfortunate case, it went too far.

Prevention is always the best option, if you can stop it happening in the first place by making your car a difficult target. If your vehicle is garaged it is out of sight and has the added security of the locked garage. Not everyone has a garage so the next best thing is to make sure you park in a well lit area with a visible steering wheel lock, to put thieves off.

Try not to leave things on show in your car – sat nav, loose change, CDs, jackets can all attract the wrong type of attention. If you need to leave them then make sure they are out of sight.

Don't leave documents in the car as a clever thief could steal your identity which could make the situation a lot worse. Any kind of anti theft devices such as an alarm, an imobiliser or a tracking device will make a good deterrent as well as helping reduce your insurance premium.

For helpful advice on how to reduce your car insurance speak to Westhill Insurance, the Friendly Insurer, who will be more than happy to help.

Westhill Insurance covers bike insurance, car insurance, van insurance, home insurance, business insurance, let property insurance, commercial insurance or even public liability insurance. It is willing to talk with you and come up with a tailor-made deal to suit. In the current climate of financial and insurance crisis Westhill Insurance understands the fear of dealing with a large impersonal, unaccountable organisation and sets itself apart as the broker you can speak to and trust.

For more information on Westhill Insurance or a quote, visit www.westhill-insurance.co.uk or call on 0844 371 7000 Mon – Fri 0900-1730 and Sat 0900-1300.

Posted on 18th January, 2010