Car security begins at home

22
Jan
2015
Most of us rely on our cars – whether it is for work or uni, taking the kids to school, or for social activities. Having a car stolen can be stressful, inconvenient and costly.

Even if you’re insured, hidden personal costs such as insurance excesses, ongoing loan repayments, car hire and alternative transport costs can add up to thousands of dollars.

The advanced immobiliser systems now fitted to new vehicles as standard equipment have helped to reduce theft volumes by more than 50 per cent over the past decade. However, no matter how sophisticated these systems are, if a thief is able to steal your keys and transponder, your car could be gone long before you realise these items are even missing.

Many people think it won’t happen to them. But around one in every 120 Australian homes fall victim to car criminals each year.

By following a few simple steps to safeguard your keys at home you can greatly reduce your risks.

The facts

  • In Australia a car is stolen every 12 minutes. 50% of all cars stolen are taken from the home, another 25% are stolen from a garage or outside the owner’s home.
  • Advances in security technology have made it impossible to ‘hot wire’ a modern car.
  • 70 per cent of late model vehicles are stolen with the keys.

Thieves are now targeting homes to steal car keys. Thefts are almost always opportunistic, with offenders often entering premises through unlocked doors and windows.

Some offenders are prepared to enter occupied premises to quickly grab keys left in easily accessible spots.

The cars stolen in burglaries are mostly being used to commit other crimes, including other burglaries.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council is running an awareness campaign.

It has put up a dedicated website, www.carsecuritybeginsathome.com, with lots of useful information, such as:

  • Awareness videos (see one of them below)
  • Tips to reduce your risk of theft
  • Common mistakes made by homeowners that increase the vulnerability of your house
  • Home Security Audit for download to assess the security of your home.

Additionally, the site features two excellent interactive statistical tools.

  • The Local Theft Profile allows you to enter your suburb and instantly discover how many cars were stolen in the area last year, the proportion stolen from the home and the age/value profile of the vehicles.
  • The Theft Risk Rating tool is a searchable index which highlights the theft risk of all cars aged less than 15 years. You can enter your vehicles' make/model/series and be provided with a security risk based on a '5 star' rating.

 

Credits: Content courtesy of National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council. Visit their site www.carsecuritybeginsathome.com for more details.