People in Cape Town often feel safer than their compatriots in Joburg, when it comes to the risk of being a victim of crime. However, Capetonians still battle with car break-ins.
Stop your car from becoming a break-in statistic
- Put things away before you park – Make sure your valuables are out of sight before you arrive at your destination so no one waiting in the parking lot can see what you’re hiding.
- Don’t leave anything on display – This even includes rubbish. A potential thief walking past may not take the time to assess what is on display and just take a chance.
- Park where other cars are – There’s safety in numbers, so rather go for areas where several other cars are also parked.
- Park in well-lit areas – Thieves can get away with a lot under the cover of darkness. Don’t give them that safety net and find a parking space under a street lamp.
- Get smash-and-grab safety film on your windows – Safety film makes it considerably more difficult to break into a car quickly. The thief will have to hit the window several times in order to get into your car, which takes time and makes a noise.
It’s important to take the time to learn how to keep your vehicle and your valuables safe when you park.