Retailers told to act and help cut car thefts in West Midlands - The Solihull Observer

Retailers told to act and help cut car thefts in West Midlands

Solihull Editorial 13th Aug, 2022   0

CAR RETAILERS are being urged to give away steering wheel locks when they make a sale by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Simon Foster’s plea comes as car thefts in the region continue to rise.

Mr Foster said he will write to retailers in the West Midlands to encourage them to provide steering wheel locks at the point of sale.

As criminals use increasingly sophisticated technology to bypass electronic security systems, like remote central locking or keyless cars, Mr Foster believes that taking advantage of traditional methods of security, such as steering wheel locks and Faraday pouches, may be a simple solution to an ever-evolving problem.

The PCC is working to tackle the issue of car thefts on a number of fronts, including calling on car manufactures to make vehicles harder to steal and ensuring West Midlands Police continue to prioritise the issue.

West Midlands Police is taking the issue on by closing down so-called ‘chop shops’ who profit from the illegal trade in stolen vehicle parts.

The PCC has also recently written to the government to urge it to provide a list of vehicles which are commonly stolen, so as to provide consumers with an informed choice, encourage manufactures to prioritise the security of vehicles and to hold to account those manufactures who are consistently neglecting the security of their customers’ vehicles.

The PCC has been publishing similar lists locally, but wants the problem addressed at a national level.

The PCC is echoing West Midlands Police’s recommendations to drivers that they should use a steering wheel lock, Faraday pouch and double check their car is locked when parked.

Mr Foster said: “Retailers and car manufacturers must do much more to ensure their consumers’ vehicles are secure

“I want car retailers to play their part in driving down vehicle thefts.

“For the cost of just a few pounds they can supply a steering wheel lock and Faraday pouch that will help keep the vehicles they sell secure and out of the hands of thieves.

“No one should spend tens of thousands of pounds on a vehicle only for it to be stolen months, weeks or sometimes, days, later, as a consequence of the level of security on that vehicle being unfit for purpose”.


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