December is one of the busiest months of the year. Unfortunately, it’s also the time when you must be alert and keep an eye on your possessions. Vehicle theft is one of the leading crimes in South Africa and it usually spikes during the festive season.
So how do you prevent your car from being stolen during this time?
Justmoney spoke to King Price’s spokesperson, Wynand van Vuuren, on how to avoid becoming a victim of auto theft.
Tip: Avoid the costs that come with the loss of your car. Get a car insurance quote here.
Car theft is a reality and it can happen anywhere, but you can lower your risk by:
Installing a tracking device
Installing a tracker on your car allows you to see its location and the distance it has travelled. Some trackers even have locking systems which can prevent the thief from using the features in your car or lock them inside, making it easier for the police to find and arrest them.
Ensuring that your parking is secured
Park the car in a locked garage or behind a locked gate instead of on the open road and avoid parking in open areas that you’re not familiar with.
Find out from local security companies and the police where the high-risk areas for theft and red zones for hijackings are and try to avoid those areas.
Checking if your car is locked and not losing your keys
It’s important to physically check if your car is locked because thieves can jam your car using a remote device. They’ll wait until you’re are out of sight before they drive away with your car.
Hiding your valuables
Don’t leave your valuables on your car seat where it will attract the attention of criminals. Put it inside the boot and close your windows.
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What should you do if your car gets stolen?
Contact the South African Police Service
The sooner you call the police the better. If you call immediately and ensure that the vehicle is circulated as stolen, you increase the chances of your car being recovered. The police report will also come in handy when you submit your claim to your insurance company.
Ensure you provide the police with the licence plate number, vehicle identification number, model and colour of your car.
Phone the tracking company as soon as possible
The tracking company will help you locate your car and lock it. Tracking companies have recovery teams that can help you find your car within an hour. Some use helicopters to search for your vehicle.
Call your insurance company
If you’re properly insured, the insurance company will put you in the same position as you were prior to the loss, meaning that your car will be replaced. Don’t take the risk of not being insured and ending up without a vehicle.
Justmoney can help you ease your worries when your car gets stolen. Fill in this form to apply for car insurance.