Tips to minimise vehicle theft

Brighton Beach SAPS, together with a local security company, hosted a four hour foot patrol creating awareness through the distribution of a thousand flyers to combat vehicle related crimes within the Brighton Beach Policing precinct, recently.

Brighton Beach SAPS communications officer, Cpt Louise Le Roux said, “As part of the SAPS national strategy operation back to basics to ensure a safer festive season 2016/2017, the SAPS together with various security companies will be visiting areas and educating the residents about being safe and keeping their belongings safe, during the time of year were crime is at its peak.

Cpt Le Roux added, ‘Vehicle theft seems to occur with greater frequency where large numbers of cars are parked for extended and even short periods of times. Locations such as shopping centres, colleges, public events, movie complexes, and business premises, are generally places at which vehicles theft occurs. However, vehicles are also stolen from within residential properties and when parked on verges.”

Here are guidelines to assist motor vehicle owners to minimise theft:

  • Never leave your car running while unattended, even if it is to dash into your home, a corner café or whilst packing articles into the trunk or back seat.
  • Always lock all doors to your vehicle when parked, this includes when parked behind security gates and inside your garage.
  • Do not leave vehicle keys or the spare set lying on tables near windows or hanging on key racks. Place keys in a drawer that cannot be reached through a window.
  • Always park in high-traffic areas, than in isolated areas. Whether youare parking in the street, on the verge or in a secured parking garage, opt for a well-lit area, preferably under street lamps.
  • When parking your vehicle try doing so with the front facing an obstacle. Turn the wheels towards the kerb and lock the steering.
  • You can also disable your vehicle when stolen by means of installing a starter interrupt switch.
  • Invest in a vehicle theft tracking or security system, this will assist the police to track your vehicle if stolen, also track you should have fallen prey to a hi-jacking or
  • Installing a mechanical device that locks the steering wheel, column, or brakes (clubs/collars/J-bars) can minimise the chances of your vehicle being stolen, as removing these security features will hamper the car thieves in their operating time allowed to steel your vehicle.
  • When locking your vehicle,check the door handle to ensure your door is locked securely.  When activating your car’s alarm system with your remote, face your vehicle.  Ensure you hear the doors lock, hear the door lock and see the indicator light flash.  Wait for 30 second before you walk off to ensure your locking device had not been deactivated.
  • If you must leave your key with a valet, attendant, car wash or mechanic leave only the ignition key. Make sure you are dealing with a reputable firm.
  • Never leave personal identification documents, vehicle ownership title or credit cards in your vehicle.
  • Your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) should be etched on windows, doors, fenders and trunk lid. This makes it difficult for a thief to sell your stolen car parts.
  • Copy your license plate and vehicle information (VIN) numbers on a piece of paper and keep them with you. If your vehicle is stolen, the police will need this information to circulate your vehicle.
  • Lastly, never leave valuables in plain sight, lock such away in the trunk of the vehicle.  Also do not travel with valuables left on passenger seats or the floor. Handbags  must also be locked in the trunk of the vehicle.



Nadia Khan

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