If you’ve recently put a new turbo on your Vauxhall, you might want to take extra precautions when locking your vehicle away at night – according to new reports, thieves are coming along in the dead of night to strip Vauxhall cars for parts.
The problem seems particularly rife in Bedfordshire, the BBC reports, with local police saying that there have been over 500 offences involving the theft of components taken from Corsas and Astras since August 2013.
Scenes of crime officer Katy Stewart was quoted by the news source as saying that she sees around one of these crimes a day in the Luton and Dunstable are of Bedfordshire.
Chief Inspector Ian Middleton, leading the investigation, advised people that when purchasing non-verified motor components it could seem as though you’re getting a good deal but those you’re buying from will likely have no qualms about returning to re-steal the parts they sold on.
Making off with an entire car can be a daunting idea which is perhaps why thieves are now looking at taking single components of a vehicle rather than the whole motor. Car batteries, catalytic converters, GPS devices, stereos and entertainment systems, as well as wheels and tailgates are all attractive to potential car thieves so do all you can to protect your vehicle – especially if you own a Vauxhall.
Ensure you have all the latest safety features and security enhancements installed to help put thieves off and, where possible, park in a locked garage to prevent them from accessing your car at all.