HPI develops 'anti-theft guard'

HPI has released a new cutting edge method to combat vehicle thieves - an anti-theft security technology that could make it harder to hide a car's actual identity.

Cars with HPI Theft Guard will have their 17-digit Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) etched on their windows and will feature microdots that act as identification markers.

The anti-theft pack uses the unique VIN to decrease vehicle cloning and stealing of cars.

By improving their vehicle's security, motorists can also avoid paying a highercar insurance premium.

Nicola Johnson, consumer services manager for HPI, said: "Vitally, HPI Theft Guard includes stickers which clearly tell thieves that the vehicle has been marked.

"This poses a big hurdle for thieves, who will probably already be planning to change the registration and VIN plates. Attempting to remove every trace of the Microdots, the stickers and changing the windows to remove etched glass could just be a step too far for most criminals."

Copyright Press Association 2011