Spare wheel theft

Spare wheel theft is becoming an ever-increasing problem and, with the cost of a van spare wheel averaging £200, it can be a very profitable business for thieves. Even when vehicle owners have alarms, these are generally only triggered when the vehicle is entered - not when the spare wheel is stolen from underneath the vehicle.

Advice for vehicle owners

  • Where possible, park in your garage.
  • Alternatively, park in a way that restricts access to your spare wheel.
  • Park in areas easily observed by neighbours and other members of the public.
  • Consult with your vehicle manufacturer or a local locksmith about how your spare wheel can be secured with locking wheel nuts or lockable wheel restraints.
  • Consider painting or spraying the vehicle registration on the spare wheel and tyre. This may deter offenders as wheels and tyres which are obviously identifiable in this way are harder to sell on and therefore less valuable to an offender.

Advice for businesses

  • Fencing around vehicles may act as a deterrent to opportunist thieves.
  • If you have a fleet of vehicles, block those with high clearance using vehicles with low clearance. Obstruct access underneath the vehicles.
  • Consider the installation of security lighting.
  • Consider installing appropriate CCTV to protect your vehicle fleet
  • Consult with vehicle manufacturers or a local locksmiths about how spare wheels can be secured with locking wheel nuts or lockable wheel restraints.
  • Consider painting or spraying the vehicle registration on the spare wheel and tyre. This may deter offenders as wheels and tyres which are obviously identifiable in this way are harder to sell on and therefore less valuable to an offender.

If you see any suspicious behaviour in progress, call the police on 999. If you have any further information, please call the police non emergency number on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.