How to reduce the risk of having your vehicle stolen

Always stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.

Police have indicated to South Coast Herald that by following precautionary measures, you can minimise your chances of becoming the victim of car theft:

  • Never leave your car running while unattended, even if it is to dash into your home, a corner café or while packing things into the boot or backseat.
  •  Always lock all doors to your vehicle when parked, this includes when parked behind security gates, and inside your garage.
  • Do not leave vehicle keys or the spare set lying on tables near windows, or hanging on key racks. Place keys in a drawer that cannot be reached through a window.

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  • Always park in high-traffic areas, rather than in isolated areas. Whether you’re parking in the street, on the verge or in a secured parking garage, opt for a well-lit area, preferably under street lamp.
  • When parking your vehicle try doing so with the front facing an obstacle. Turn the wheels towards the kerb and lock the steering.
  • You can also disable your vehicle by installing a starter interrupt switch.
  • Invest in a vehicle theft tracking or security system, as this will help the police to track your vehicle if stolen, also track you should have fallen prey to a hi-jacking/kidnapping.

File pic: Wolf Security

  • Installing a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel, column, or brakes (clubs/collars/J-bars) can minimise the chances of your vehicle being stolen, as removing these security features takes time.
  • When locking your vehicle check the door handle to ensure your door is locked securely. When activating your car’s alarm system, ensure you hear the doors lock, and see the indicator light flash. Wait 30 seconds before walking off to ensure your locking device had not been deactivated.
  • If you must leave your key with a valet, attendant, car wash or mechanic leave only the ignition key. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable firm.
  • Never leave personal identification documents, vehicle ownership title, or credit cards in your vehicle.
  • Your vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be etched on windows, doors, bumpers and boot lid. This makes it difficult for a thief to sell your stolen car parts.
  • Copy your licence plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a piece of paper and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to circulate a description of your vehicle.
  • Do not leave valuables in plain sight, lock them away in the boot. Do not travel with valuables on passenger seats, or on the floor. Handbags must also be locked in the boot of the vehicle.

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