WARNING of new car theft trick: Alert as 4x4s and keyless cars targeted by hi-tech thieves

“First popular in the 80s and 90s, steering locks give extra security where technology can often fail against tech-savvy thieves.”

Government figures show vehicle offences were up by 3 per cent last year to 364,468. 

The Office for National Statistics also revealed there was 239,336 cars targeted for in-vehicle thefts where crooks steal belongings.

Matthew Avery, director of research at insurance researcher Thatcham, told The Times: “Thefts of certain high-end vehicles such as Audis, BMWs and Range Rovers have been particularly prevalent in recent years. 

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