January 17, 2022
Criminals are so brazen that they will try many approaches to steal your car, irrespective of the time of the day. Let us not give them the satisfaction of stealing yet another vehicle by being a step ahead of them. Motorists in South Africa need to know they are in a war. Knowing some of the tips described below will help prevent car theft.1
Always park your car in a well-lit, public area. Before parking, scan the environment for anything strange. Then, before you leave, walk around your car to ensure criminals haven’t stuck something into your wheels that will force you to get out of your vehicle while leaving.
Anything that makes it more difficult for thieves is worth it. A steering wheel lock will take too much time to remove. This lock is prominent, so thieves will be put off before they cause any damage by trying to break in.
Leaving a valuable item on a car seat is like begging a thief to come and take it. Always place such items in the boot. Even if a valuable is placed under the front seat, it may well be one of the first places a thief will inspect after breaking in. Remove any clues about the presence of electronic equipment such as cables still plugged into a USB port.
Signal-jamming in parking areas is prevalent. For this reason, always physically check if a door is locked after you think you have locked the car with the immobiliser. In addition, some shopping malls have an alarm system that will be activated if someone in the parking area is using a signal jammer.
Never leave your car keys lying anywhere, but always keep them on-person. For example, when going to the gym, lock your keys away.
Motorists are still too trusting or believe that cars are only stolen from ‘other’ people. It doesn’t take long to steal a car, so you cannot dash in to collect a parcel. If you must park outside in the street, make sure someone is guarding your car while you go inside.
Motorists should have an immobiliser or alarm system fitted for those old cars. Some car insurers insist on this arrangement, and it may also help lower your premium.
Please note, this article can only be a source of information. Please consult a registered financial service provider for more information before buying any car insurance product.
Prevention is better than cure, they say, so following these tips can only improve your safety and protect your car. But what if your car is somehow stolen? Is your current car insurance adequate for where you park it during the day or night? If you are not sure, why not contact PMD to talk to you about affordable car insurance products with unique benefits and world-class service.