Dialdirect Insurance says that Community Policing Forum (CPF) crime data gathered by 7Arrows Security indicates that vehicle break-ins and theft from vehicles is on the increase. The use of remote jamming devices also appears to be the increasingly preferred method of gaining access to vehicles.
According to Maanda Tshifularo, head of Dialdirect Insurance: “These crimes predominately take place at garage forecourts and shopping centres during the day and commonly involve two perpetrators. New shopping centres, restaurants and so on are particularly vulnerable as they typically don’t have jamming solutions in place yet and have new security staff members who aren’t as experienced in screening visitors to identify potential threats. That said, a few simple precautions can be taken to ensure that your belongings, and your vehicle are protected.”
Tshifularo points out that all vehicle makes are susceptible and as such, drivers should take heed of the following tips:
- The golden rule is not to leave anything valuable in your car.
- Make sure you park your vehicle in a secure, well-lit space, where a security guard is present.
- Be mindful of remote jamming – check manually that the door handle is locked, even if the locked alarm has sounded.
- Be vigilant as you get out of your car – ‘sliders’, (criminals who appear to be simply walking by) are opportunistic and take chances by opening the car door in the split second before you lock it and escaping with valuables.
- Clear your car out at the end of each day, so that you leave nothing behind that can tempt criminals.
- Anti-smash-and-grab film on your windows offers an additional layer of protection against break-ins.
- Valuables such as phones and handbags should be kept out of sight, even while driving.
- Never leave house keys or important papers in your car.
- Ensure that you have adequate insurance cover on portable possessions you carry with you on a regular basis.
- Consider installing detectors that warn when remote jamming devices are in use.