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Top tips to protect your car and valuables

Monday, July 05, 2021

Theft from motor vehicles is a prevailing issue in South Africa.  With roughly 16 incidents of theft from a motor vehicle every hour, South African car owners have to be vigilant.  These incidents could be significantly reduced, if not avoided altogether, by putting smart measures in place.


Take note of the following tips to protect your car and valuables:


  • Ensure that your car is parked in a well-lit, protected and ideally guarded area.
  • Be especially mindful of remote jamming. Check that your car is locked and then, check again.
  • Be wary of “sliders” – criminals who seem to be passers-by, who open one of your car’s doors just a bit before you get the chance to lock your car and then loot the vehicle once you’re gone.
  • Avoid leaving valuables in your car and, if you have to leave them behind, make sure that they are stored out of sight.
  • Don’t use your car as a cupboard. Empty it out at the end of each day to keep the temptation of criminals at an absolute minimum.
  • Add anti-smash-and-grab film to your car’s windows. This offers an extra layer of protection.
  • If your vehicle does not come with a good alarm system, invest in one that sounds the moment there is any sort of breach.
  • Never leave items of interest lying in full view on car seats while driving or when leaving your car parked.
  • Never leave house keys or important papers in your car.
  • Ensure that you have adequate insurance cover on portable possessions you carry with you on a regular basis.


Prevention is better than having to claim, but should anything happen, make sure you’re covered with Dialdirect Insurance.

Dialdirect is an authorised non-life insurer and Financial Services Provider. Terms & Conditions online.