By James Gratton
Published: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Vehicle thefts in SA jumped a staggering 24% in the past year, according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC).
Shockingly, this was the largest increase in Australia over the same time period.
On average, a car is stolen every 11 minutes across the nation.
This is despite car manufacturers arming their latest vehicles with security systems that make it almost impossible to hot wire.
Half of all the cars stolen are taken from the home according to the NMVTRC, with 70% of vehicles stolen using their own keys.
“Offenders will often sneak into homes by taking advantage of unlocked doors and windows, even when owners are home,” RAA Insurance Claims Manager Hayley Cain says.
“Thieves will typically search for keys left in easily accessible places, such as a key hook or a bowl near the front door.”
How you can protect your car
Despite these concerning figures, car theft can be avoided and there are several steps that can help reduce the risk of your vehicle being taken.
“It’s crucial to leave your keys in a secure area that’s out of sight, as well as to lock all doors and windows in the house before going to bed,” Ms Cain says.
“Parking your car in secure and well-lit areas at night will further deter opportunistic thieves. It’s also worth installing a home-security system and sensor lights in your driveway if possible.”
If you have an older vehicle, simple measures, such as using a steering wheel lock and installing an alarm system, will also discourage criminals from targeting your car.
It is essential that you have the right level of cover to make sure you’re covered in case your car is stolen.