Avoid getting your vehicle damaged, lost or stolen on holiday

For some holiday goers a holiday can turn into a complete nightmare, either due to negligence or just simply parking at the wrong place at the wrong time. Nowadays we can’t take for granted that our vehicle and all the belongings inside are safe as crime statistics continue to plummet through the roof.

It is crucial that you are aware of your surroundings at all times when parking or leaving your vehicle unattended for long periods of time, especially in an area that you are unfamiliar with. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for this festive season when leaving your vehicle unattended.

  • Be alert!


Always make a note of where you leave your vehicle, whether it’s parked in a parking lot by a mall, or in a side street of a residential area. It’s a common error that holiday goers make, as they unobservantly park their vehicles, only to return to an empty parking spot or a completely different area. Always make note of where you are parked, either by writing down street names or by making note of nearby landmarks. You can also take a quick picture with your cell phone of your parking space number.

Always inform friends and family about your departure so that if an emergency arises they are well aware and can prepare to assist. If you think you think you are being followed, don’t hesitate, and drive immediately to the nearest police station or crowded area.


Always double check to see that your vehicle is properly locked and all the windows are closed, criminals don’t need an invitation from you. The less assistance you give, the better. If possible, make sure that your vehicle and all your belongings are insured before you leave on holiday, as cameras, phones and laptops are items that usually disappear first.


  • Beware of remote jamming


This trick is becoming more and more prevalent at shopping malls and residential areas across South Africa. Remote jamming occurs when thieves jam the signal when you try and lock your car with your remote by pushing a button on their remote and interfering with the signal.

To avoid becoming a victim to remote jamming, it is imperative that you physically check that your car door is locked after locking with your remote.

Always remember to check the basics, and always be alert!

If you are looking for a reliable vehicle in your area, then be sure to visit www.AutoMart.co.za.

Struan Langlands

Digital Marketing Channel Co-ordinator @ Junk Mail Publishing. My family, work, cars and sport are the 4 things that I am most passionate about and motivate me. I am a full blooded Petrol Head and always ready for a sport debate. "The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player." ~Lionel Messi

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