Wheel And Tyre Theft
Wheel and tyre thefts are widely reported and a common problem for many car owners but do you know if your car is at risk?
A car thief can remove one tyre within 16 seconds, leaving your car on blocks and unable to be driven. If you run expensive rims or tyres for either aesthetic or performance reasons, this places you at a greater risk of theft.
Within this article, we will discuss a few options for preventing theft and ensuring the longevity of your expensive accessories.
MANNERS OF THEFT
Wheel and tyre thieves are most often opportunistic criminals. They usually work in groups and will take the easiest job that will provide the highest rate of return with the lowest chance of getting caught. The more difficult it is to get at your wheels, the lower the possibility of anyone trying to steal them. An experienced group can remove all four wheels within as little as 10 minutes. As a car owner, your goal is to slow the process. Cars stored in garages are harder to access than cars on the street, and cars in clear sight of video cameras are also less likely to be interfered with.
HOW TO HELP PROTECT YOUR VEHICLE
Always park your car in a closed garage if possible.
Park in a populated area where there is a high amount of car and foot traffic or in the view of security cameras.
Turn your wheels when you park. This can also make it significantly harder to steal your wheels, because they are stuck in the wheel well. A steering wheel column lock also makes it quite difficult for the wheel to be turned without having keys in the ignition.
Purchase and use wheel locks on each wheel including your spare but be sure not to lose the key! These are locks that attach to the wheel and make it extremely difficult to remove the lug nuts without the right key. The locks fit on each wheel making the lug nuts very difficult to remove and require a specially sized wrench to be removed, and can therefore be barriers to theft.
FOR ADVICE AND PEACE OF MIND, TALK TO THE TEAM AT BOSMAN TYRES
If you’re worried about your prized possession, come and talk to us. We pride ourselves on attention to detail and in giving you the best possible service and advice to keep you and your family safe. Call 07 32745374 and speak to one of the friendly team.