• Avoid using poorly lit car parks. Whenever possible, choose a staffed car park and park as close as you can to the attendant.
  • Reverse into the space and hide away all valuables and obvious possessions.
  • Make sure the interior light is working and set to come on when doors opened.
  • Note exactly where you have parked your car.
  • If you collect a ticket on entering the car park, do not leave it in the car, as this will make it easier for a thief to steal your vehicle.
  • When returning to your car, have your keys ready so that you can get in quickly and scan the area around and under your car for anything suspicious..
  • Before entering scan the back seat to check no-one has climbed in.
  • Once you are in the car lock the doors immediately and drive off quickly.
  • Close all windows and lock all doors every time you leave your car.
  • Remove your ignition key on every occasion you leave your vehicle.
  • Do not leave your car running and unnattended whilst it defrosting on cold days
  • Security code your stereo equipment and store CD,s MP3’s away when leaving vehicle.
  • Never leave vehicle documents in your car.
  • Do not leave any luggage or valuables on display as they will catch the eye of the opportunistic thief.
  • Always lock your doors when in transit do not open if approached in standing traffic.

If you break down on the motorway;

  • If your car develops a problem and you cannot stop at a service station, you must pull on to the hard shoulder.
  • Try to stop as close to emergency telephones as you can and remember to pull your car over as close to the verge as possible.
  • Remember to put on your hazard warning lights and don’t forget you will need your lights on during the hours of darkness.
  • Get out of the side nearest the verge and use the emergency telephone as soon as possible giving your exact location.
  • A police unit will normally be dispatched to lone females who have been forced to stop on the motorway.
  • If you cannot stop near a phone there are marker posts at regular intervals on the verge. These have a number indicating your exact location and also have an arrow showing the direction of the nearest emergency telephone.
  • The phonesare never more than a mile apart on opposite sides of the motorway. Never cross the carriageway to use a phone.
  • If using a mobile telephone note the number of the nearest marker or junction to give a better idea of your exact location.
  • If you travel on your own regularly, you might wish to consider getting a “Help – Call the police” banner (or similar) to display in the back windscreen of the car.
  • Don’t stay in your vehicle. Get all of the occupants out and stand on the other side of the barrier (where there is one) away from oncoming traffic.
  • Above all – stay calm.