Remunerator News

Sep 24 2014

Keeping your Novated Lease secure

Many modern cars come with security features that have evolved and improved over the years, yet there is always a chance that your Novated lease can be stolen or broken into. Here, we will go through a few steps that can help greatly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of car theft.

Investing in Security Accessories.

Most modern cars are already fitted with an immobiliser. If not, it may be worthwhile considering an after-market one. Have a car alarm installed since thieves are less likely to break into a vehicle with little to no attention at all. Fitting a good quality steering wheel bar or gear lever lock is also a cost effective way to increase security.

Parking tips

Try to park in a well-lit, busy area. And consider secure parking where a security  guard watches the car park. It may cost a few extra dollars, but car thieves will pass these in favour of unmonitored car parks. Never leave any valuables in your car that can be visible from the outside. Always remove the keys and lock all doors and windows when leaving the car, even if you are thinking of leaving for a few minutes. Car theft can take just seconds.

The owner’s handbook should also be stored elsewhere, as it may contain security information and specific details about the car and your personal details. If you have a garage at home, use it – locking both car and garage.

Buy a Secure Car

The better the security on your car, the harder the job will be for the car thief. The Audi A1, Subaru Forester and Volkswagen Amarok Ute are just some of the cars that have rated highly in the RACV 2014 New Car Security Score, which you can view here for a segment by segment guide to the most secure cars on the market today.

Secure your keys

Modern cars are so secure that it’s no longer the case of twisting a couple of wires under the dashboard and off they go. Theives now target the one thing that can easily bypass your car’s security system – the keys. Misplacing your car keys or carelessly leaving them where someone else can get hold of them can be a costly mistake.

According to the police, car keys are becoming a sought-after commodity for thieves. The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council estimates that the car’s own keys are used in more than 70% of late-model (post-1997) thefts. The incidences of cars being stolen after household and commercial burglaries have jumped alarmingly.

In addition, keys are being stolen from recreational areas such as gyms, beaches and swimming pools.

If you are away from home but your vehicle is still parked there, don’t leave the keys visible in the empty house. Better still, take them with you, or leave them with a friend or neighbour.

Also consider the security of your keys when you are using the vehicle.

For instance, many cars are stolen from service station, while owners are paying for fuel. With remote central locking now standard on most late-model cars, it is very easy to lock up before going in to pay for fuel.

Replacing your keys

The higher level of security means you also need to take good care of the key. Replacing lost or damaged keys is not only costly but also inconvenient.

Transponder or radio frequency keys can be expensive and require programming to the individual car. Fortunately since most manufacturers buy their systems from the same electronics suppliers, many third party automotive locksmiths have developed the expertise to supply and program keys at a fraction of the cost of many dealers, although this is not the case with all manufacturers.

New cars these days usually come with at least two sets of keys (remembering this when buying a used car). If both of these keys are lost or damaged buying a new key may also involve replacement of the car’s body computer/s, which are very costly.