Our crime statistics are enough motivation for any vehicle owner to protect his vehicle from car theft, hijackings and even smash –and –grab crimes. As if the risks posed by the driving behaviour of other road users are not enough, criminals are constantly on the prowl and would like to take our vehicles from us!
We have discussed on the Blog the necessity to avoid car insurance claims resulting from vehicle theft. This was addressed in blog posts such as;
- Does your car security system meet the car insurance requirements?
- Layered vehicle security needed for affordable car insurance
We were once more made aware of the need for greater vehicle security having read a media story yesterday titled “ 5 nabbed in Johannesburg chop shop”.
Police confirmed that five men were arrested when police pounced on a Booysens, Johannesburg chop shop and recovered dismantled vehicles and car parts worth an estimated R4m. The arrests followed a four-week-long surveillance operation at another chop shop in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.
“The Gauteng crime intelligence and rapid response units were observing a spot in Lenasia today (Tuesday) when they noticed a Mercedes Benz Vito driving in. They searched it and found a chopped up Jetta which was reported stolen in Rustenburg last week”, said the police spokesperson.
The Vito driver led police to a home in Gillview, Booysens where a half-dismantled VW GTI, which had been stolen in Rustenburg, was recovered. Parts of three other cars, which were reported stolen in various areas – including from dealerships and service centres – were recovered.
Vehicle owners need to do more to protect their vehicles. It is simply not enough to park in a safe spot – attention to security detail is also required – and this includes the need to install the correct vehicle security systems. Car insurers will reward vehicle owners who install these devices with reduced car insurance premiums.
We would like to urge all vehicle owners to communicate with their insurers and enquire which vehicle security systems is required to benefit from reduced premiums. Once these security systems have been installed, the vehicle owner should also focus on his driving behaviour to protect himself and his vehicle.
This could be done by:
- Focusing on where and when you drive
- Where you park the vehicle
- Being alert near hijacking hotspots
Vehicle owners and drivers should be vigilant and alert – not only when driving, but also when parking and on leaving their vehicles. This could prevent many car insurance claims from vehicle loss!