HOW TO PRE­VENT CAR THEFT

Did you know that, of the es­ti­mated 11 mil­lion cars on South Africa’s roads, re­search shows that ap­prox­i­mately 1,6 mil­lion of those ve­hi­cles are stolen? This is ac­cord­ing to Crime Stats SA, which cal­cu­lated that 56 616 ve­hi­cles were stolen in South Africa

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STAY IN­FORMED

There is plenty of info avail­able on­line (at womenon­wheels.co.za) and in the news to keep you up­dated on ve­hi­cle theft and hi­jack­ing hotspots in South Africa. Cer­tain places (sub­urbs, roads and park­ing lots) are more dan­ger­ous than oth­ers.

DON’T NE­GLECT SAFETY DE­VICES AND SYS­TEMS

If you live in a city, not a day goes by with­out the sound of a car alarm in the dis­tance. So much so that many of us pay lit­tle to it. But that doesn’t mean we should ne­glect our ve­hi­cles’ se­cu­rity sys­tems. Al­ways lock your car, and make sure you’ve done so once you’ve parked, be­cause car jam­ming is big busi­ness! (Be sure to watch the video of WOW ed­i­tor, Juliet McGuire, be­ing re­mote jammed in Cape Town at wom­e­on­wheels.co.za)

CLEAR THE CAR

You might think that leav­ing a scarf on the back seat isn’t enough rea­son for any­one to break in, but you’ll be sur­prised how of­ten it hap­pens. This also in­creases your chances of your ve­hi­cle be­ing stolen be­cause crim­i­nals could as­sume you’ve been care­less about se­cur­ing your car.

NEVER LEAVE YOUR CAR RUN­NING

Even if you’re step­ping out of your ve­hi­cle just for a se­cond, never leave the en­gine run­ning, as it gives crim­i­nals a great op­por­tu­nity for a quick es­cape ... in your car.

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