Imagine the inconvenience if one of the most active vehicles in your fleet was stolen, or broken into – causing irreparable damage and your driver to be off the road indefinitely or at least until you come up with an alternative. I suppose vehicle security should have been right up there with safety and performance from the beginning but hindsight is a great gift isn't it?! However, being a person quick on your feet you decide on a remedial course of action. Vehicle hire perhaps? Maybe so, but the hired vehicle may not contain the custom vehicle features your driver requires, in addition you may be left out of pocket. While some of you may be able to claim on insurance, this doesn’t leave out the fact that a situation such as this will cost you time and money every second that driver is off the road.
Here’s a largely unknown fact - According to CAR-SAFE Australia, we hold one of the highest record for vehicle theft in the western world with more 85,000 vehicles stolen last year (carsafe.com.au). What does this say about the Australian public you might think? Well, to me it says leave your car in secure parking! Most car thefts occur due to opportunistic thieves, either desperate for a joy-ride, or looking for parts to steal and sell on the black market. Did you know airbags are worth between $1,500 and $3,000 (drive.com.au)? Pretty expensive bag of air.
However, while most vehicles sold today are fitted with an array of security features during manufacturing, older models do not comprise of such protection. So if your fleet consists of older vehicles, here are some handy features you could install in your vehicles to protect your vehicles against car theft:
1) Install an engine immobiliser
Probably the most popular in car security at present, this electronic device will interrupt the power supply needed in order to start the engine. Only your ignition key, transponder or a coded plug will conduct a personalized electronic signal which will be able to de-activate the system. An engine immobiliser can be installed under the Australian CAR-SAFE program for about $160 – $200.
2) Fit your vehicles with an audible security system
First created in 1920, people have since understood the need for securing their beloved vehicle against troublesome thieves. Having an audible security system installed will aid in deterring would-be car-jackers from stealing either the contents of your vehicle or your vehicle itself.
The device is alerted when there is an unauthorized attempted entry into your vehicle causing a loud alarm to sound thus scaring off thieves. While it is an effective method of protecting your vehicle, audible security systems contribute to the on-going struggle against noise pollution in society.
3) Fit your vehicles with an inaudible security system
An inaudible security system will discreetly inform you when your vehicle is being tampered with. While it reduces noise pollution, thieves will be less likely to be intimidated resulting in higher chances your vehicle may be stolen.
4) Set up video surveillance
A new addition to car security features is the car camera. This innovative technological device allows you to monitor your vehicle in order to prevent theft. In addition, if unknown damage occurs to your vehicle, this device can be used to identify the perpetrator.
5) Install a GPS tracker
Another new addition to the car security world is the GPS tracker. Using real-time, this practical tracking device ‘records the date, time, location (latitude & longitude), heading direction, altitude and speed (km/per hour)’ every 20 seconds (fleetcare.com.au). A car thief will have no chance of escaping with the GPS tracker able to locate them instantly. To read more on how GPS tracking can benefit your company click here
Remember what you may pay for today might save you a lot of time and $$ tomorrow.
Have you ever had to go through a vehicle being stolen and the subsequent aftermath? Or perhaps you have installed some of the above items in your fleet already? Leave your thoughts below.
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