The Changeable Approach of the Car Thief

By Cliff

Thank you, Bodyshop magazine – we loved your article, ‘The Evolution of Vehicle Theft’.

The 1980s and 1990s were an insurer’s horror story: joyriders enjoyed breaking into cars because mainstream car security measures were basic. As a result large steering wheel locks (‘crook locks’) became popular amongst car owners.

In 1998 it became compulsory for new cars to have immobilisers – so hotwiring was no longer possible. The introduction of Euro 5 regulations in 2008 meant cars required an On Board Diagnostic port – this was swiftly followed by a rise in ‘stolen to order’ thefts. Unfortunately, the advent of push-button ignitions has also presented a new opportunity for thieves.

All the technical detail is in the article, and is an informative read. Advice given ranges from putting car keys in the fridge to reverting back to the ‘crook lock’ of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as many more conventional tips.


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