It’s so frustrating when we are victims of crime when it involves our vehicles. They’re designed to keep criminals away, yet this does not stop them taking their chances.

Here are a few handy tips to try and discourage them:

  • Valuables – Keep all valuables and documents out of sight or take them from the vehicle when leaving.
  • Engine off – Keeping your car running or your keys in the ignition is an invitation for trouble, no matter how long you will be away from the car.
  • Help others – Encourage people in your neighbourhood to take these same steps to secure their vehicles.
  • Insure everything – Make sure you’re covered. Use a valid insurance provider to guarantee that you have a valid policy.
  • Check your property – Write the registration number on the car stereo, engine and bike frame, which will make those parts easier to trace if stolen.
  • Lock it up – If you have a car, make sure you lock your doors. If you've got a bike, purchase a secure bike lock to deter thieves.
  • Evaluate each situation – Before you leave your vehicle or property, you may need to change or adapt your security.
  • Replacement keys – if you lose your keys and don’t have a copy, an auto locksmith approved by the MLA can replace any type of key for all vehicle models.