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You Need Extra Security If You Drive Any Of These Cars


A recent report released gives valuable insight into exactly what it is that makes a car more likely to be on the hijack hit list. When considering buying a new vehicle, it may not be a bad idea to consider these facts. Although this may not influence your final decision, it will help you to understand why particular cars get stolen.

These statistics suggest that the majority of vehicle thefts are arranged through organised crime syndicates and disposed of through exportation to other countries.  Others are end up going to the second-hand parts market.

Older vehicles between seven and 21 years old are at higher risk of theft while vehicles between one and four years are at the highest risk of robbery.

Mini buses top the ratings for cars that are targeted for theft or robbery, with sedans being the most frequent target for criminals. Entry level and cheaper vehicles were also found to be high risk, as well as vehicles with a high market volume.


It is still prudent to remember that, irrespective of the age, type or market volume and brand characteristics of a vehicle play a vastly important role in the risk profile of a vehicle. Factors that influence the risk profile of vehicles include the effectiveness of anti-theft devices, the role of electronic security devices and the age of the vehicle, desirability of the vehicle, intended markets and the marking of vehicles. Some vehicles are standard fitted with micro-dots and due to the efficacy of the micro-dotting technology which makes it impossible to hide the original identity or a vehicle, this makes them less desirable to criminals.

Typical guidelines to consider when buying a vehicle are simple to follow and could prevent a big mistake. Never buy a vehicle without the eNatis registration or a vehicle that is unlicensed. Check the information, especially the VIN, engine number, make, model and colour on both the registration certificate and license disc. Any difference in information between the two certificates may indicate fraud.

Ensure that your new vehicle has a good quality security device installed and consider installing a tracking device, even for cheaper and used vehicles. It is a fact that more than 75% of all stolen vehicles fitted with recovery devices are recovered.