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One in four don't think about car crime according to a new poll of AA members.
This is despite police figures for 2017 which stated there were 280,313 recorded offences of theft from vehicles (13% more than 2016), and 103,644 were stolen (19% more than 2016) in England and Wales.
The poll also found:
. 1 in 10 think modern cars are theft-proof
. 4% don't bother to lock their cars
The AA recommends taking extra care if your car has a keyless entry system as signal from your key can be relayed. More tips to include:
. Ensure you always stand by your car and listen for the 'click' of the locks before you walk away from your car as theives now use signal blocking which blocks the lock signal sent by the key.
. Always chexk your door handles are locked before you leave the car. Be careful not to accidentally unlock your car when you put your keys in your pocket.
. If your car has a keyless entry system then keep the key in a signal blocking pouch and keep it as far away from the car as possible.
. Always keep your keys in a drawer or other safe place, not on the hall table or a convenient rack near the front door.
. Consider using a mechanical steering lock device.
. Fit a Thatcham certified immobiliser. These aren't as vulnerable to some of the new electronic techniques that theives may use to bypass your car's standard security features or to override a keyless entry system.
. Consider fitting a tracking system to help find your car if stolen.