Neighbourhood Watch SA is about community and keeping it safe – this includes property. We (Neighbourhood Watch SA and SAPOL) really want to emphasise the issue of vehicle theft and theft from vehicles that affects the community.
The opportunistic thief will simply go along a street and try door handles until they find a vehicle unlocked.
Don’t make it easy for them and look after your property. The tips below will assist in keeping your property safe.
Also have a look at the videos that have been developed by National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council for their advertising campaign on keeping car keys safe.
To reduce your chances of becoming a victim, here a few simple tips:
- Lock your vehicle doors and close all windows.Remove your keys from the ignition even if you are gone for a short time.
- Remove all valuables from your vehicle - if you can't then conceal them.Thieves will look into vehicles to see what items can be easily stolen. Even a small amount of cash may be the catalyst for becoming a target. Ensure you conceal or remove all cash and valuable items from your vehicle.
- Do not place handbags, wallets or other valuables on the passenger seat where they could easily be grabbed.
- Record the make, model and serial number of electronic equipment, such as GPS devices, laptops and mobile phones.
- Install an audible alarm. Secure your number plates with specialized one-way Plate Safe screws. The screws lock in place to prevent number plates from being removed and make it extremely difficult for offenders to remove your number plates.
- At night park your vehicle in a well-lit area.
- At home, don’t leave your keys on the kitchen bench or where they can be easily seen by thieves. Keep them in a safe place out of view.
Download the fact sheet to share with your family and neighbours or get more safety tips on our Safe Living page.
If you see any suspicious behaviour, report it to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.