Studies show most car thieves break into houses to get keys

Studies show most car thieves break into houses to get keys
November 25, 2017 Rechenberg

Did you know that hot wiring is useless on a car that has an immobiliser? An immobiliser is an electronic security device fitted to your car which prevents it from being started by someone that isn’t you. It’s a smart way to stop car thieves in their tracks and keep your car safe.

But it also means that thieves are now looking at ways to get around this. The reality is, just because your car has an immobiliser doesn’t mean it won’t get stolen from the driveway. If a car is too difficult to break into and easily drive away, thieves will simply turn their focus onto your home to get access to the keys. Meaning that if you don’t have a monitored 24/7 security alarm system in your home you’re unlikely to see your car again.

The stats show that 7 out of 10 cars are stolen once thieves break into homes. Thieves aren’t bothering to steal cars from car parks and shopping centres like they used to. This is because most modern cars have factory-fitted safeguards such as immobilisers or alarms and these areas have increased security measures like CCTV, so it’s just not worth the hassle.

These days most cars stolen, around 70%, are from outside a residence, and the most stolen car in Australia? The Holden Commodore or Toyota HiLux…So not only will they clean you out of house and home, if you have the spare car keys in an easy to find place, they won’t hesitate to take your wheels too.

 

How can I prevent my car from being stolen?

Firstly, it’s a no brainer that you need to lock your car and close the windows when it’s not in use. Police are constantly discovering owners of luxury cars have forgotten to lock them, they’ve left the keys in the ignition or the spare in the glove box.

Keyless cars, with push start buttons, also seem to make car owners more complacent about locking their vehicle when it’s outside their house. Though locking a car won’t deter a thief, it will take longer for them to break into. If you have a car alarm and/or an immobiliser they’re likely not to bother and turn their attention to your home to gain access to a spare key. Home owners that go away on holiday and leave their car outside are most likely to be at risk of a break in.

 

Why monitored electronic security works

As well as locking your car, it’s important to make sure your home has a 24/7 monitored alarm system. Rechenberg is a reliable home security monitoring company that will ensure your home, and your car, is well looked after.

Contact us today for a free onsite assessment.