Tips to Prevent Car Theft
There has been an increase in the number of insured cars being stolen in Kenya, therefore it is crucial to make sure you’re one step ahead of the thieves. We have compiled a few tips which will assist you to
- Keep your keys safe
The simplest way for a thief to steal your car is by taking the keys, so never leave them lying around in public spaces and always make sure they are invisible from doors or windows.
- Make sure the vehicle is locked
The smoother locking mechanisms on modern cars can make it difficult to hear if it locks. Double-check your car is locked before leaving, even if you’re just going for a few minutes. Also never leave your car running when you’re not with it.
- Invest in the right technology
Most modern cars are fitted with alarms and immobilisers as standard, but thieves manage to keep pace with technology. Good old-fashioned security devices can still be effective in deterring criminals. Steering wheel, pedal and gear stick locks are inexpensive, easy to install and off-putting to thieves.
Don’t rule out tracking devices or CCTV systems that can be fitted near your car and can help track down your vehicle, and the thief, should it be taken.
- Block signals
Relay theft is a method thieves use to steal cars with keyless entry by tricking your vehicle into thinking your keys are physically present. Some car keys can be switched off, meaning their signals can’t be hijacked, but if that’s not possible invest in a Faraday pouch. The pouch shields its contents from static electric fields and protects the items inside. They’re relatively inexpensive and are available from many retail outlets.
- Park smart
If you don’t have the luxury of a private garage or off-street parking, try to park in a well-lit, populated area whenever possible. Thieves will always target vehicles left in areas where they have little chance of being seen, so parking in side roads or areas away from street lights could put your vehicle at increased risk.