Recent studies have shown a list of the vehicles most vulnerable to theft in South Africa. Unsurprisingly, the list features vehicles which are very popular, easy to access and easy to start. The biggest determining factor in which cars are popular targets for theft is how popular the car is nationwide – the more popular the vehicle, the higher the risk of theft, as car parts can be sold very quickly. Another problem with this is the fact that the vehicle will be extremely difficult to locate and track, especially if it is in a common colour such as white, black or silver.
While the studies of the most risky cars in South Africa are extensive, there has been little research into which cars are the safest. It is generally accepted that the safest cars are also the rarest (and sometimes most expensive cars). For example, a bright yellow Lamborghini won’t drive around unnoticed, making it extremely easy to find. As well as that, there is also the fact that the demand for luxury vehicle parts is low.
While there is no single safest car in South Africa, there are steps you can take to ensure that your car is as safe as possible. One of the most important things you can do is to not tempt criminals by leaving valuables on the seats. Items such as laptops, cameras and cellphone should be put into the boot – preferably while you are still at home or in a private, secure area.
Another step you can take to ensure the safety of your vehicle is to have a GPS tracking device installed. These devices are becoming more and more popular as their prices go down and crime statistics continue to rise. Car tracking devices have been used for years in fleet management, and have recently become popular for individuals too.
Vehicle tracking devices are one of the biggest and most important precautions you can take to ensure the safety of your vehicle. While they won’t stop your vehicle from being stolen in the first place, it is almost guaranteed that if it is stolen, it will be quickly and easily located within minutes.