Minor car crime is falling in the UK, according to official statistics. But it hasn’t gone away. And organised theft is a growing problem, with criminal gangs stealing top-of-the-range cars (often to order) and shipping them out of the country before they can be found. There’s even talk of lead-lined containers being used to thwart satellite tracking devices. Hundreds of luxury vehicles have been taken in London alone, many by thieves using a handheld device that bypasses keyless ignition and other security systems. And we’ve also seen reports of gangs attaching tracking devices to vehicles in airport car parks before stealing them from outside owners’ homes. Last year, a huge cache of high-end cars such as Audis and BMWs, with a collective value of £1.2 million, was found hidden in containers at ports across the UK. Whatever type of car you drive, it therefore makes sense to take steps to keep it safe and secure.