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Sat nav security

Sat nav theft is a fast growing area of crime which causes victims a lot of hassle and expense.

Sat nav equipment can cost anything up to £300 to buy. To a car thief, it is worth £50-£70 when they sell it on illegally. However, you will end up having to repair any damage caused breaking in to your car - replacing a window or repairing a door - which could mean an increase in your car insurance premium. You will also have to buy new sat nav equipment.

You can significantly reduce the chance of your vehicle being targeted by taking a few simple precautions:

  • disconnect and remove your sat nav every time you leave your car
  • remove the suction mounted fittings and erase any marks they leave
  • don't put the sat nav in the glove compartment - thieves may be watching you
  • get your sat nav security marked - use forensic property marking kits or UV pens
  • register it and any other valuable on the Immobilise national property database
  • park in a well lit, busy area or a secure car park