How to protect yourself from car theft in 2020
A car is stolen in Australia every ten minutes
In 2019, 58,247 registered vehicles were stolen in Australia, an increase of 9% from 2018. 41,248 of these thefts were classified as ‘short term thefts’ (stolen and recovered) while 17,088 were classified as ‘profit- motivated thefts’ (stolen and not recovered)
Victoria had the most car thefts with 13,912 total
Victorians experienced the highest rate of car thefts at 28.7 % or 3.17 thefts per 1000 regos, followed by Queensland at 24.7 % or 3.2 thefts per 1000 regos and New South Wales at 21.5% or 5.03 thefts per 1000 regos. The Northern Territory saw only 1.4% of all car thefts but had the highest rate of thefts per regos at 5.03 thefts per 1000 regos.
The average age of stolen cars in Australia is around 12 years
People often believe their vehicle will not be a target for thieves as they do not have a new or expensive car, but 81% of stolen vehicles are 5 years or older, 44% are between 10-19 years. 39% of short-term thefts were valued at less than 5% and 45% of profit motivated thefts were valued at less than 5%.
Holden Commodore VE MY06_13 was the most stolen car in 2019
In 2019, the Holden Commodore VE MY06_13 was the most stolen car in Australia with 1060 reported thefts. Next came the Toyota Hilux MY05_11with 659 reported thefts, while the Nissan Pulsar N15 MY95_00 (581 reported thefts), Nissan Navara D40 MY05_15 (499 reported thefts), and Holden Commodore VY MY02_04 (474 reported thefts) were also popular targets for car thieves.
Friday evenings from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm was the most common time for vehicle thefts with 2,567 vehicles stolen
How to protect yourself from car theft
1. When you leave your vehicle, close all the windows, lock the car and take the keys with you.
2. Never leave valuables in plain view in an unattended car
3. Park your car in well-lit areas whenever possible
4. Security awareness (Double check you've locked your car)
5. Several anti-theft options are available (Vehicle tracking devices, home security camera, Steering wheel locks).