Motor Vehicle Thefts

Motor Vehicle Thefts

TRENDS AND PREVENTION TIPS

Over the past year, there has been a significant rise in vehicle thefts, both in terms of the quantity of vehicles stolen and their value. Notably, there has been a pattern in targeting specific types of vehicles, particularly newer models that are high in value, such as Toyota and Ford SUVs, as well as high-end bakkies.

As financial advisors, we believe it is crucial to empower you with the knowledge to better safeguard yourself and your vehicles. We would like to provide you with valuable insights into the current trends in vehicle theft, practical tips on enhancing your security measures, and our recommended approach for minimizing these risks.

WHAT ARE THE STATS?

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WHICH MODELS HAVE BEEN THE FOCUS OF RECENT TARGETING?

WHAT ARE THE METHODS THEY USE?

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CAN attack

Advanced electronic equipment is employed to infiltrate the Control Area Network (CAN) of the vehicle, enabling unauthorized access to the car's computer system in order to initiate the engine.

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Fob relaying

Cutting-edge receivers and transmitters are utilized to wirelessly extract the security key of the vehicle while it is in the possession of the owner, allowing the perpetrator to unlock and initiate the car.

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Forced entry and key cloning combination

Employing sophisticated methods and cutting-edge equipment to deactivate the alarm system of the vehicle, followed by duplicating its security key.

PRACTICAL SAFETY TIPS

  • To safeguard your keyless car remote, it is advisable to store it inside a Faraday pouch obtained from a reputable manufacturer, typically available for around R100. By utilizing this pouch, you can effectively prevent any potential interception or transmission of the remote’s signal.
  • It is worth considering disabling the keyless entry function of your car.
  • Before leaving your parked car, it is important to verify that your doors are securely locked by pulling on the door handle. This precautionary measure is crucial because remote jamming remains a favored technique among criminals.
  • Stay vigilant and exercise caution while parking your vehicle. Select well-lit parking areas equipped with surveillance cameras that monitor both the parking space and pedestrian movements.
  • Employ the use of a steering wheel or gear lock as they are still reliable deterrents against theft. These conventional security measures remain effective in deterring potential criminals.
  • It is advisable to consider installing an additional immobilizer in your vehicle, even if it already has a factory-fitted one. This supplementary security measure can provide an extra layer of protection against theft and enhance the overall security of your vehicle.

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