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
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.