Warning for electric car drivers as thieves target chargers for sale

ELECTRIC car drivers are being warned of the growing risk of charger theft – with replacements costing thousands of pounds.

The data suggests that the number of electric vehicles, currently estimated at around 400,000, is on the rise, making theft more likely.

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The cables of electric car chargers would be targeted by thievesCredit: Alamy

Auto experts believe that many scrap and recycling companies also get questions about electric car chargers – most often how much they would pay for one.

The scrap value of the materials in a cable can be worth around £50, and used chargers go for around £200.

Now, motorists are being told to learn about security vulnerabilities at charging points or risk being left out.

Mike Thompson, COO of Leasing Options, said: “While there are no official figures on electric car charger thefts, it is a growing crime.

“Unfortunately, it is relatively easy for thieves to take charging cables, especially when charging.

“Software experts also pointed out that some EV chargers had cybersecurity flaws, which meant they could be accessed remotely to unlock charging stations.”

“Obviously, this is not good news for electric car owners. “

However, automotive experts have issued advice on additional steps owners can take to protect their electric car charger from targets.

Charge your vehicle at home

While charging at home isn’t always possible, it’s a great way to minimize theft.

In addition, installing an electric charging station on your property provides additional security against prying eyes.

Opt for a charger in a garage or away from the street if you can. This will bring you more security and peace of mind.

Use a padlock

Padlocks are one of the best ways to deter thieves, and they can be used on cables.

Additionally, many EVs have a loop to secure your lock in place while it charges.

In some cases, and depending on the wheels you have, you can pass the cable through the wheel and place the padlock on the cable.

Use a secure vault in your trunk

Although some cables fly into the boots when not in use, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use them.

Instead, opt for a secure box to store your cable when not in use to make it more difficult for opportunists.

Remove the charger from the trunk overnight

The trunk is the easiest place to store your charger. However, it is also the most obvious and the first place thieves will look. So instead of leaving it in your car overnight, take it out and store it safely inside until you need it again. It may be a little inconvenient, but it will save you the cost of an expensive replacement.

Install a dash cam

Dash cams aren’t just great for providing added reassurance on the road – they can be a great deterrent to attracting unwanted attention when you’re parked.

Opt for cameras that work when the car is off and charging, so it films any close contact with your vehicle.

While that won’t stop someone from stealing the cable, you might get a good look at the perpetrator, which is helpful for the police.

CCTV at home

Electric car charger thefts happen when people are on the go and at home. So install CCTV near the charging area for added peace of mind.

This can help identify unwanted guests, but can also deter them from taking your feeder.

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