6 ways to prevent car theft

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According to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 58,285 registered vehicles were stolen in Australia in 2019, an increase of 9% from 2018. It’s no wonder 1 in 3 Australians are concerned about car theft in their neighbourhood.

Whether you need a car for work or to pick your kids up from school, its an everyday essential that most can’t live without.

So, what happens if it’s stolen? The result would be costly, inconvenient, and would leave you with no mode of transport.

In line with the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, there are steps you can take to improve the security of your car and protect it from sneak theft.

1. Increase your security

Installing motion detectors, sensors, and outdoor cameras can significantly decrease the chance of your vehicle being stolen and improve your outdoor security.

Other security improvements include – a steering wheel lock, tyre lock, and GPS tracker.

In a recent survey conducted, we found that 60% of Australian’s wouldn’t bother installing a car alarm and were not concerned about theft.

To learn more, see our latest car theft statistics. 

2. Invest in a Dash Cam

These days, some dash cams have the capability to record 24/7 even when you’re not using your car. You can choose to keep the dash cam on to record any suspicious activity such as an attempted car break-in. Some dashcams can stream a live feed which you can access via a smartphone app.

If your car has a dash cam, you may receive a cheaper premium for car insurance via Budget Direct and can also be used to help prove fault .

No matter where you drive or park your car, installing a dash cam can provide important evidence in the event of an incident. When the car is stationary, devices such as Uniden’s DashView 30 and 30R can be placed discreetly on the windscreen and hardwired to take advantage of the Parking Mode function.

The in-built G-Sensor can detect vibration, turning the camera on to start recording. This function also helps protect/lock video files in case of a sudden movement or collision.

Being able to record and replay activity provides added peace of mind when your car is parked in high-risk locations such as public carparks or on street locations. By using the Uniden Dash View iPhone or Android app, you can access instant visual verification via real-time alerts to your smartphone, whether you’re near to or far from the vehicle.”

– Brad Hales, Uniden

3. Park your car undercover

Not everyone has the luxury of a lockable garage, with just under 30% of Australians parking their cars on the street or in open, public areas.

Make sure to remove any valuables from your car and take your keys, so people passing by can’t see the contents inside. If there are well-lit areas on your street, attempt to park there instead of darker spots, to improve visibility from your home.

If you’re one of the fortunate ones, making a habit of parking your car undercover and locking it up every night can guarantee better protection from potential theft.

Did you know? – The older the driver, the more likely they are to park their car in a garage overnight. This could be due to a higher rate of home ownership among the elderly, especially detached homes with garages.

Always double check

Locking up your car may seem like second nature but double-checking never hurts.

Remember to test the doors, make sure all windows are rolled up, and if you have a sunroof, that it’s closed all the way.

This small precaution can offer extra peace of mind and reduces a thief’s potential of breaking into your vehicle.

4. Designate a secure spot for keys

More than half of Australians leave their car keys in a bowl or on a hook upon returning home. Hence the reason 37% of cars are stolen after the thieves break into the home and take the key.

Creating a designated space for your keys can help reduce the likelihood of theft. Preferably, a place that isn’t visible, like in a bag or drawer.

Help prevent sneak theft by applying these simple steps –

  1. POP keys out of sight
  2. LOCK all doors and windows and make sure everyone in the family is doing the same.
  3. STOP sneak theft.

5. Invest in an anti-theft system

According to our survey, only about a tenth of Australians would consider getting an anti-theft alarm system installed.

The system is designed to prevent your vehicle’s engine from starting unless the correct transponder car key is present.

Investing in this technology can significantly reduce a thief’s chance of starting your car.

6. Insurance

It may be a no brainer, but taking out comprehensive car insurance covers the loss that may occur from your vehicle being stolen.

Your premium will depend on the make, model, and age of your vehicle, but having peace of mind that you’re protected is unbeatable. Find out more about Budget Direct’s car insurance or get a quote now.

Learn more about statistics on car theft in Australia with our state-to-state breakdown.

This post was brought to you by Budget Direct Car Insurance

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