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Avoiding keyless car theft - top tips to stay safe in SA

If you’re a car owner in South Africa you cannot help but be aware of our staggering theft and hijacking statistics. Although the overall number of incidents went down 2.3% in 2018, the country still suffered an overall loss of R8-billion due to car theft and hijacking.

According to the authorities, the slight decrease can be attributed in a large part to drivers who are becoming more vigilant in safeguarding their vehicles, as well as ongoing collaboration between law enforcement, security service providers and the community who work together to address this monumental nationwide issue.

Currently, there is a lot of focus on the issue of keyless cars, which have become a soft target for tech-savvy criminals around the globe of late. According to the police, thieves are working in tandem to hijack car key signals from inside the home of car owners, stealing the cars parked outside by capturing the key fob signal which gives them entry to the vehicle. Then it's as simple as driving off.

At the moment, more than 100 different vehicles from 25+ automakers can be stolen in this way. While the car manufacturers are all working tirelessly to close the loops in their systems to keep criminals at bay, there are a few things keyless car owners can do to keep their vehicles safe in South Africa. Here are a few top tips:

  • Check your owner's manual to see if your key can be switched off when not in use.
  • Store your key in a metal tin and as far away from your front door as possible, or invest in a 'fob guard' that blocks its signal.
  • Don't walk away from your car until you've manually checked that the doors are locked.
  • Invest in a tracking device that will also bring down your monthly insurance premiums.
  • Deter would-be thieves with old school security measures like a steering wheel lock or gear lock.

There you have it – a few top tips on keeping your keyless car safe in South Africa. Keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months for more news from inside the Mahindra camp, as well as insider tips on enjoying, caring for and driving your Mahindra vehicles. In the meantime, feel free to reach out to a Mahindra representative if you would like to schedule a service, book a test drive or learn more about the new and second-hand models we currently have available at our branches throughout SA.