As South Africans, we have grown accustomed to having to take a little extra precaution when it comes to keeping our cars protected from theft. Almost everybody has a story of, or knows someone who has lost a vehicle to crime in our country, and beyond vigilance, there is little you can do to avoid the situation. Unless of course, you steer away from those vehicles which are popular amongst thieves. So, to give you an idea of which cars you should avoid driving, here is a list of high risk vehicles in our country.
How serious is the problem?
Crime statistics in South Africa seem to be ever-increasing, and there is no denying that we live in a dangerous society. However, let’s sift through all of the opinions and rumours and take a look at actual figures.
Crime stats in South Africa reveal that well over 55000 cars are stolen annually, with the heaviest concentrations of thefts taking place in Johannesburg, Kimberly, Richard’s Bay, Beaufort West, PE, Cape Town and Polokwane. These figures reflect reports in 2016, and have gradually risen from the previous years.
What makes these cars so theft-worthy?
There are a few reasons why the vehicles in the list below are some of the most popular to steal in South Africa, here are but a few:
- The vehicle in question is easy to steal regardless of deterrent security features.
- There is a general feeling that police only make an effort with high-profile vehicles.
- The parts from these vehicles can be used as replacements for a variety of others.
- These vehicles are popular amongst those who benefit from criminal activities.
- High amounts of the concerned vehicle-type on the road make it difficult to recover them when they are stolen.
Once stolen, vehicles are generally not sold locally. Instead they are shipped to outlying African countries to reduce the risk of being caught. That means that once a certain amount of time has passed, there is virtually no chance of recovering a stolen vehicle.
Which cars should you avoid?
With that in mind, here is a list of vehicles which are most commonly stolen in our country:
- The Toyota Hilux
- Toyota Corolla
- Toyota Venture
- Toyota Hiace
- Toyota Fortuna
- Nissan 1400
- VW Polo
- VW Golf
Remember to keep yourself covered
To ensure that you are never at the worst end of vehicle theft, be sure to keep all of your cars covered by a company that you can rely on for peace of mind. Remember that you are not only insuring your car for theft, but also in the event of an accident. If you would like more details on obtaining affordable vehicle insurance for your cars, contact a consultant from Cover 24 today for visit our website for more information.