According to recent research, the top five items left in cars overnight are pushchairs, toys, books, coats and travel cots. With baby products often very valuable, it seems that thieves are increasingly targeting such items and therefore parents are being advised to take them indoors when possible.
Andy James from Allianz, which commissioned the research, said:
“Parents are very good at making sure they have all the essentials to cater for travelling with young children, but they also need to be mindful of car security.
“You can discourage thieves from seeing your car as a target by removing equipment from the car overnight or locking it in the boot out of sight.”
Car tidies, sun shades and seat protectors are unlikely to attract thieves, but a car seat or pram is likely to be worth a fair amount of money.
While it may seem a chore to repeatedly carry them from the car to the house, if these items are relatively expensive, keeping them secure may actually end up saving you the hassle that would result from their being stolen. Furthermore, in many cases such items are not covered by insurance policies, providing an even greater incentive to move them indoors overnight.