SA car theft: Here's how to prevent your car from being stolen!
Car theft is still one of the three biggest vehicle crimes in South Africa, and according to South African Police Services and various car tracking companies, the numbers increase each year.
Be vigilant when parking
Park in a well lit and secure area when in public.
At home, park your car in a garage if possible, as it would be out the eye of inquisitive thieves as well as being protected from anything that can damage your vehicle.
Lock your garage at night and an alarm system can only be beneficial.
When parking in public, always make sure you park in the full view of the public.
Steering wheel locks
Having steering wheel locks is one step away from warding off thieves as it is seen as a precaution that is hard to break through. It is also easily seen, thus having a good visual deterrent and could scare thieves away at first glance.
It would usually take a bolt cutter or hacksaw to disable a steering wheel lock and with that, thieves would therefore not want to waste unnecessary time.
Protect your belongings
Ensure that your items are not visible to prying eyes when stopping at traffic lights or in a parking lot. Don't give away clues that you might have valuables in your cars such as SatNav holders or auxiliary cables.
Items such as handbags or sports/gym bags and electronics should be covered or taken out of the vehicle completely.
Know where your keys are
Signal jamming is becoming more and more prevalent, so when using the immobiliser to lock your car, manually check if the car is locked via the door handle before walking off.
Here are some more tips:
Never leave your keys in easily accessible areas. (Close to windows etc)
Don't leave your keys in the ignition while running short errands.
Never leave your jacket in public places with your keys in it.
Lock your keys away along with your possessions when going to the gym.
When driving, lock your doors.