As the UK heatwave sets to return with temperatures forecast to exceed 36C in some regions, climbing into your vehicle can feel like entering an oven. This is tempting more drivers to be less vigilant in their approach to vehicle security…
As the UK heatwave sets to return with temperatures forecast to exceed 36 degrees C in some regions, climbing into your vehicle can feel like entering an oven. This is tempting more drivers to be less vigilant in their approach to vehicle security…
Drivers are leaving their unattended vehicles with windows or sunroofs open. Some may leave their vehicle unattended with the engine running and air conditioning on. (Engine idling is an offence under section 42 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and carries fines of up to £80). Drivers are leaving their vehicles in this way in a variety of locations too. From outside their own homes, whilst parked at their place of work or even on public roads and car parks whilst they are shopping or visiting people.
Vehicles that are left unattended in this way are being targeted by opportunist thieves who may either take, or attempt to take the vehicle or steal valuables from the vehicle such as sunglasses, mobile phones, tablet PCs, handbags, wallets and loose change.
In fact, some Police Forces are reporting that 18% of vehicles have been unlocked or otherwise insecure in their most recent theft from vehicle incidents.
Our advices are simple:
- Ensure all your valuables are removed before exiting the vehicle and that nothing of value is on display.
- Despite the hot weather – fully close all windows and sunroof.
- Take a few minutes to read and consider all our vehicle security recommendations that can be found here: https://www.scorpionauto.com/vehicle-security-hints-tips/
What about pets…?
Clearly consideration must be given when pets are being transported but the Police and RSPCA are warning against leaving pets in vehicles regardless of whether the windows are open and even for the briefest moment.
When it’s 22 degrees, in a car it can reach 47 degrees within the hour according to the RSPCA. Incidents of dogs dying or suffering heatstroke because of thoughtless owners are being reported across Europe with Police warning that leaving a window slightly open will not prevent such cases.
Please refer to the RSPCA website for the latest guidance in helping a dog in a hot car at: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/pets/dogs/health/dogsinhotcars
If you have vehicle security concerns and would like to find out how Scorpion Automotive could help you, contact us now and we will be happy to help you.