Criminals Suck – How To Protect Your Car From Being Stolen
Motor vehicle theft is on the increase in South Africa with luxury cars are prime targets. Vehicles that are stolen, often find their way across the borders or they are taken to chop shops where they are dismantled and sold off as spare parts.
These operations are run by syndicates, who receive “orders” and then go out to find the vehicle for which the order has been placed.
It is not uncommon for these syndicates to have inside informants providing them with information.
Hugo van Zyl, chief executive of the South African Insurance Crime Bureau, was quoted in the news media as saying luxury vehicles were being targeted by syndicates which acquire information from a servicing dealer.
Here are a few tips that you can follow to reduce the chance that your vehicle may be stolen:
1 Make sure that you lock your car doors. Don’t press your remote and walk away. – thieves are opportunistic.
2 Remote jamming is on the increase. To avoid losing your belongings through signal jamming, physically check that the doors are locked before leaving the car.
3.Where possible,park in a secure, well-lit car park near security cameras or a security guard.
4. Make sure that your personal belongings are not left in plain sight. Put your handbag, laptop and any other items of value that you may have in the car boot.
5. Do you know where your spare key is? If it is at home make sure that you have put it in a safe place or in a safe.
6. Never leave your vehicle unattended while the engine is running
7. Make sure that your car is safe by fitting it with an alarm, anti-smash ‘n grab film on the windows, with a tracking device where possible. Your are now also able to have micro dot technology applied to your vehicle. This ensures that your vehicle can be identified even if it has been dismantled.