Thieves are thwarted as force urges drivers to help combat car crime
West Midlands Police are urging car owners to use visible
deterrents such as steering wheel locks to protect their vehicles -
after the crime-fighting kit has successfully helped to combat
The force is encouraging drivers to avoid becoming a victim by
making sure their car or van is protected with an approved security
device to deter criminals.
Thieves were prevented from stealing Neil Horsburgh's Audi S3
after they failed to cut through a wheel lock despite using an
Mr Horsburgh previously had a car stolen last December and
thieves tried to make off with his new, replacement vehicle after
stealing the keys from his Quinton home this spring.
However, they were forced to flee without the motor after
failing to break off the steering lock which had been put on by the
car's owner. It is not the only occasion such equipment has helped
to stop would-be thieves.
Mr Horsburgh said: "After having a car stolen previously I
learnt the lesson of taking every step possible to avoid having a
"It is a horrible feeling to have your car taken; it is
something very personal and often your pride of joy which has taken
months, even years to save for.
"Then there is the inconvenience of having to arrange insurance
claims and getting a new vehicle. This can be avoided by taking
just a few seconds to put on a steering lock."
The force is currently working with Disklok who are offering a
15 per cent discount on products for those who sign up to the WMNow
Mark Silvester, from the West Midlands Police crime reduction
team, said: "A steering lock can make a huge difference in keeping
your car out of the hands of crooks.
"Not even an angle grinder could get through and highlights the
merits of having and using such an effective but simple to use
piece of kit.
"The noise generated by the thieves using the grinder to try and
remove the lock, drew attention from members of the public who
called the police.
"The steering lock is just one layer, there is the use of other
security products such as tested aftermarket electronic security
products; along with advice from your car manufacturers main dealer
on what options they suggest and ensuring your vehicles software is
up to date."
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
added: "I have ensured vehicle crime is a top priority for West
"The force are going after serial criminals who commit many of
the crimes and are tackling the 'chop shops' which trade in stolen
vehicle parts. I am also getting tough with the manufacturers to
improve security of the vehicles they sell.
"I am pleased that West Midlands Police is supporting motorists
too by working with Disklok to bring in a 15 per cent discount for
steering locks to help people protect their vehicles."
Car owners are reminded to keep the key to a steering lock key
separate from their main set of car keys.
For 15 per cent off a Disklok sign up to our free alert system
WMNow here: https://www.wmnow.co.uk/
For more car crime prevention tips visit the https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/crime-prevention webpage.