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Arson prevention for vehicles

The problem of abandoned vehicles and how to increase the security of your own vehicle/s.

Abandoned vehicles are an increasing problem for the Service. Some car owners abandon old vehicles without caring for the consequences. This creates an eyesore and can encourage vandalism and arson, endangering lives, property and the environment.

Councils are working with the police and the fire and rescue service to deal with abandoned vehicles as quickly as possible. We need your help to locate them; cars can be abandoned for a long time before anyone tells us where they are.

You can report an abandoned vehicle to your local council.

Active prevention measures

Increase security

  1. Leave your car at night in a well-lit place. Thieves like working in shadows, so avoid poorly lit areas. In a ticket-exit car park, take the ticket with you and always try to use a secured car park.
  2. Lock and secure all windows and doors.
  3. Remove the ignition key. Don't leave the key in the ignition, not even for just a few seconds to go into your home, a shop or pay for petrol.
  4. Keep keys in a secure place both at home and at work Burglars have been known to break into houses and offices just to steal car keys
  5. Use vehicle security systems (immobiliser, alarm).
  6. Remove all attractive items from view.
  7. Lighted areas allow vehicle to be more visible at night.
  8. Utilise car parks security measures i.e supervision.

Procedures which could be adopted

  • Affirm 24hr abandoned vehicle removal scheme (Carclear Schemes).
  • Wardens/caretakers/community police to report vehicles direct to abandoned vehicle removal schemes.
  • Encourage community to report abandoned vehicles to removal scheme.
  • CCTV services to report direct to vehicle removal

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