1. Make sure you park as close as possible to where people walk around, where it is busy preferably close to the shop entrances.
2. See if you can park as close as possible to cameras. Lots of more malls have cameras these days but the cameras do not always zoom as far as possible and in most cases are cheap camera makes. Rather park close to a camera.
3. Have a steering lock, a gear lock and proper immobilizer as well as a special tracker that alerts you straight away if something is happening. If there are 2 Toyota Yaris cars next to each other, they will steal the one without the extra measures since it is easier to steal. Period.
4. Do not always rely on security guards. It is amazing what a R200 note can do in some instances. People have tipped security guards every single time and then their car still gets stolen.
5. Park in ticket parking bays not in the open. You at least get better protection as there are cameras in those entrances in most cases as well as it will be harder for the person to leave without a ticket.
NOTE: Criminals land up in some cases pressing the green button and getting their own ticket while walking in which they can use to exit the premises or can find a lost ticket by going out saying they lost their ticket, paying R50 for a lost ticket and then using that ticket again to exist with your vehicle. Silly but they do it and their cars have fake number plates in most cases.
6. Always go check up on your car from time to time. Show the security guards you are also checking up on your car so they know in case they are part of the theft.
I hope that helps and safe shopping !!!
Yes, these stickers can really put you in danger and I’d recommend you share this with all your friends and family members.
Have a look to see why…
1. They tell Criminals how big your family is.
2. What you have in your household. Some stickers show pictures of a woman on a laptop.
3. If you have dogs and how many you have.
4. Tell the criminals whether you have weapons or not (Some family stickers show the father hunting with his rifle or holding a gun). This could scare them off but also let them know you have weapons to steal off of you.
There was a story actually where the people who were broken into actually were told by the criminals, “It’s all in the stickers on the back of your car.”
Now you might think this is farfetched, but it definitely could make you an easier target. You might have 2 stickers one for you and one for your spouse and then one for your cat. 90% of the people will include a picture of a dog if they had one. So now the criminals know they have a better chance robbing you than somebody else. You are actually making their lives a lot easier.
But anyways, who really cares about your family! And who you have in your family, what pets you have. It’s more of a showing off CUTE type effort story for your friends and family to see. It’s all about the fun factor. But this really is not a good idea and makes you a target.
Yes, certain gear locks can be removed within 2 minutes. Steering and pedal locks can be cut with a hacksaw or the newer stronger ones, with a special tool. In addition to the fact that all 3 locks can be picked by most experienced locksmiths.
That’s not the point… Time is of the essence…
When somebody sees 2 VW Citi Golfs next to each other, who would they pick? The one that is the easiest to steal. So they would pick the one without the gear lock.
So yes, the more you make the criminals life difficult, the less they will want your car. Maybe if you have a limited edition Golf mk2 – 2 door, then yes. But in that case, you shouldn’t be leaving that rare car unattended in the parking lot in the first place!
So yes, to answer your question, gear locks and those things actually work.
Ok let’s see, a decent gearlock, they tried a professional locksmith take it off 7 minutes, then the steering lock, another 4 minutes, then for the pedal lock, they for some reason couldn’t get it loose so they were forced to cut it (lucky it was not the thick type – another 5 minutes.. Then the immobilizer, 2 minutes (yes these guys are good). So yes almost 20 minutes so far. In that case, they will probably just rather look into the car and see what they can quickly steal – so don’t leave your radio or stuff lying around where they are visible.
Thieves allegedly watch someone arrive and, once that person is out of the vehicle, press their remote and hold it down. When the owner attempts to lock their car, the signal is jammed and the car remains unlocked, with the owner just going off doing their shopping to come back and notice a stolen radio or even worse – an empty parking space. People should take extra caution when exiting their vehicles as theft with no sign of forcible entry is often found by top insurers in South Africa. Sure, with the newer vehicles, the remotes have encoded signals etc. but that does not stop thieves from blocking out the signal to the car. That can be done and any electronics genius will tell you that.
According to latest police reports all around the country we just heard from a SAP Officer that these criminals are now using a new technique to commit crimes. This has happened especially in Johannesburg and now all criminals are doing it.
1. A LITTLE CHILD COMES UP TO YOU AND TELLS YOU THEY ARE LOST – “PLEASE BRING ME HOME TO MY MOMMY”
2. YOU TAKE THE CHILD HOME – MEANTIME CRIMINALS WAIT FOR YOU IN THAT LOCATION RAPING WOMEN / MURDERING ANYBODY AND THEN TAKING THEIR GOODS AND MAKING AWAY WITH THEIR VEHICLE.
PLEASE – TAKE THESE KIDS DIRECTLY TO THE POLICE STATION AND THEY WILL SORT THEM OUT.
Taken from the police, here are the Hijacking hotspots for Johannesburg and Pretoria. If you have any hotspots you would like to share with us, feel free it leave a comment on our blog and we will process this.
- The William Nicol Drive offramp from the N1 from the Sandton side.
- The corner of Old Pretoria Road and 1st Avenue in Alexandra.
- New Road offramp in Midrand.
- Riviera Road offramp near Killarney Mall.
- Intersection of Christiaan de Wet Road and Wilgerood Road in Roodepoort.
- All the traffic lights along Louis Botha Avenue between Alexandra and Hillbrow.
- Parkwood and Saxonwold (Rosebank precinct).
- Upper Houghton and Killarney (Hillbrow precinct).
- Between 10th and 11th avenues and 4th and 7th avenues in Parkhurst (Parkview precinct).
- Glenhazel, Lombardy East and Sandringham (Sandringham precinct).
- Orange Grove and Highlands North (Norwood precinct).
- Yeoville, Bellevue and Bellevue East (Yeoville precinct).
- Wynberg, Bramley, Marlboro and Kew (Bramley precinct).
- The Atterbury Road offramp from the N1 in Menlyn.
- Lynnwood Road offramp on the N1.
- John Vorster Drive offramp from the N1 in Lyttelton.
- Jean Avenue offramp from the R28 in Centurion.
- Rigel Avenue offramp from the N1 in Erasmuskloof.
- Corner of University Road and Lynnwood Road in Hatfield.
- The traffic lights along Walker Street in Sunnyside.
- The Lynnwood Road and Hans Strijdom Drive intersection in Garsfontein.
- The traffic lights along Nelson Mandela Drive in Sunnyside.
- The traffic lights along Simon Vermooten Road in Silverton.
- Along Beyers Naude Drive and Paul Kruger Street in Wonderboompoort.
- Nelson Mandela Drive, Duncan Street and Walker Street in Sunnyside.
- The R55 in Erasmia.
- Burnett Street, Hilda Street and the Atterbury Road offramp in the Brooklyn area.
- Delfi Avenue and Garsfontein Road in Garsfontein.
I’m sure the list has not changed much according to contacts in the Insurance company industry as well as the South Africa police department. This list is for 2008. This can be used as guidelines when purchasing a new car. Before viewing the list, read the following…
The following factors will determine how much chance your car has of getting stolen / hijacked:
1. How popular the vehicle is therefore the greater needs for parts. Criminals like to get rid of the parts ASAP.
2. How easy it is to steal the car. A garage attendant showed me how to start a Toyota with a screwdriver.
3. How flashy is the vehicle. Convertibles attract attention easily hence less likely to be stolen.
4. Flashy is not always good. If you have a nice set of rims / mags the criminal can sell them quick.
5. Can the vehicle be used for taxi parts therefore a great need for parts!
6. Older vehicles are stolen also because the criminal suspects you do not have a tracking device.
7. Do you have a gear / steering lock? The criminal will rather pick yours instead of your neighbors without one.
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