Key crime prevention tips
To prevent theft of your motor vehicle you should:
- lock all doors and close all windows
- secure your keys
- park in a well-lit and secure area.
Theft prevention checklist
Lock all doors and close all windows
- Lock your car, even when parking at home, in your garage, or leaving your car for a moment.
- Never leave your car running when unattended.
- Close all windows, including the sunroof.
- Keep your car locked while driving.
- Install a car alarm.
- Install anti-theft devices such as an alarm, engine immobiliser, steering wheel brake lock, a wheel lock or a GPS tracker.
- Install a bonnet lock.
Secure your keys
- Never leave your keys in your car.
- Do not put your name and address on any keys – use a mobile phone number.
- Keep spare car keys in a secure place at home or at work.
Park in a well lit and secure area
- Park off the street. A locked garage is best or a driveway if you don’t have a garage.
- If parked in a driveway, consider the installation of a sensor light and CCTV.
- If you need to park on the street, park in a well-lit area.
What to do if your car has been stolen
If you car has been stolen:
- Do not confront the thief. Your safety is more important than your possessions.
- Call your insurance company.
You will need the following information:
- registration number and state registered
- vehicle make, model, year, body type and transmission (automatic or manual)
- colour of body and upholstery
- engine and VIN number
- accessories fitted (for example, radio/speakers, anti-theft devices, LPG tank).
Download the printable checklist
Download the print-only crime prevention checklist titled Motor vehicle theft.
Reviewed 19 May 2023