Britain's top advanced driver is delivering a few festive security tips to help keep motorists' vehicles and contents safe from thieves this Christmas.
Peter Rodger, the chief examiner of the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), reminds car owners they can help prevent break-ins and resultingcar insurance claims by parking in well-lit, open places, preferably with a CCTV system in place.
He said some local authorities offer free parking facilities in the run-up to Christmas, so it is worth checking on council websites or ringing them up to ask.
If people have to leave Christmas presents in cars, they are best kept in the boot or at least out of the sight of thieves. Steering locks can also put off criminals. Many people use sat-navs so it is a good idea to remove holders and ring marks on the windscreen.
Although it may sound obvious, Mr Rodger says it is a good idea to double-check vehicles are locked when owners leave them.
Many people will be heading for shopping centres and supermarkets ahead of Christmas, but so are thieves and Mr Rodger says it is crucial not to make cars an easy target for them.
Copyright Press Association 2013