Classic Cars and Theft Prevention checklist

Are your classic cars really safe?

With a rise in theft of classic cars Heritage Car Insurance look at the most popular makes and models being stolen and what you can do to try and prevent it.

Cars built in the seventies and especially the eighties are currently being targeted by thieves across the UK. These cars can be easy victims of crime due to the lack of standard security from that era.

Here is a list of vehicles that are currently being targeted

  • Land Rover Defender – With the end of production earlier this year the Defender value has increased dramatically. With this comes more desirability with Defenders being stolen and shipped abroad.
  • Ford SierraCars from the eighties are being targeted badly, especially Ford. There is a big market for classic parts in the UK and with Ford being so popular the Sierra is one of the classics taking a battering.
  • VW Type-2 Camper Vans – There is a huge following of enthusiasts for the VW bus in the UK and so you can imagine with the values soaring they are prime targets for the thief. They are after all easy to get into I drove mine away from a garage with someone else’s key!
  • Ford Cortina – With a current spate of thefts the end of last year and the start of this year the Cortina is currently being targeted for its parts so owners need to be vigilante.
  • Peugeot 205 – The little 205 put the French car maker back on the map in the eighties thanks to the GTi models. But thanks to the lack of security and poor build quality they now prove little challenge to the modern car thief

Protect your classic car

Heritage Classic Car Insurance offer some useful tips to help you prevent your vehicle from being stolen:

  • Keep your keys safe. It can be easier for a car thief to steal your keys rather than break in to your car so make sure they are in a safe place and not just on a key hook in the hall. Thieves will use a long hooking mechanism to snare your keys and drag them through your letter box.
  • Fit a GPS TrackerThis could save your car by locating where it is at all times. We offer a FREE Skytag unit to every policy holder with Heritage Classic Car Insurance. The Skytag vehicle location system is designed to recover your classic car in the shortest time possible reducing the chance of damage or total loss. The 24 hour monitoring team will immediately provide the Police with priority response information.
  • Mechanical Immobiliser. These are manual devices such as a steering lock which are a good visual deterrent and should be used in conjunction with another device such as an alarm or immobiliser. Make sure that your mechanical immobiliser is Thatcham Catergory 3 approved to ensure it has been tested thoroughly.
  • Electronics Immobiliser. This is designed to prevent your vehicle from starting hence stopping the thief from taking it. This is done when you insert your key into the ignition switch or bring a fob into the vehicle, the key transmits an electronic code to the vehicle. The engine will only start if the code in the transponder chip inside the key or fob matches the code in the vehicle’s immobiliser.
  • Car Alarm System. An alarm may not stop the vehicle from being taken but it will bring attention to it. If used in connection with other anti theft devices it could prove invaluable against the thief.