Avoid being “frost-jacked” with these seven tips for keeping your car safe this winter.


Avoid being “frost-jacked” with these seven tips for keeping your car safe this winter.


With the winter weather bringing snow and ice to many parts of the UK, it’s important to know how to keep your car safe and avoid ‘frost-jacking.’

Thieves jump into a running vehicle as the owner tries to defrost it, contributing to an annual increase in vehicle crime as temperatures drop.

Nationwide Vehicle Contracts experts have compiled a list of seven guidelines to follow in order to keep vehicles safe while avoiding the cold.

“With everything going on right now, motorists may not have the security of their cars at the forefront of their minds,” director Keith Hawes said.

Even though many of us will be working from home, and many households will be isolating, car thieves will not be staying at home.

“By taking a few extra simple precautions, you can reduce the chances of your vehicle being involved in an accident.”

The best way to avoid this is to never leave a car unattended, even for a minute.

Wrap yourself in a warm blanket and wait until the car is defrosted and safe to drive.

Invest in a can of de-icer to avoid a long wait in the cold, or try the defrosting hack with a sealed bag of warm water (never boiling!) to speed up the process.

The safest place to keep a car is in a private garage; thefts from this location account for only 7% of all thefts.

Similarly, thefts from public and private car parks account for only 10% of all vehicle thefts, compared to 43% when parked on the street.

Remove all valuable and attractive items from the vehicle.

Remove items from vehicles altogether if possible and do not leave anything visible in the car.

This includes cash, credit cards, GPS devices, and smartphones.

Even better, don’t leave any traces of them behind, such as charging cables or mounting brackets.

It might even be a good idea to leave your glove box open to make it obvious that there’s nothing valuable inside.

Purchase a trustworthy tracking system.

While a tracking system, such as a Thatcham-approved device, will not prevent thieves from stealing a vehicle, it will provide an extra layer of security.

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