The Road Ahead : February March 2015
QUEENSLAND’S LARGEST CLUB 71 FEB/MAR 2015 THE ROAD AHEAD ACCORDING TO RECENT research by RACQ Insurance, having your car ‘keyed’ or paint scratched is the most common form of car vandalism in Queensland. And whether you’ve inadvertently parked too close to another vehicle or been the victim of ‘car envy’, it’s likely the reason was you’re plain unlucky. Executive Manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski said the insurer’s research* showed a total of almost one in five motorists (18 percent) had experienced malicious damage to their car at some time. But most were random attacks. “These acts of vandalism are mostly random attacks and often the offender or offenders aren’t identified,” Mr Sopinski said. “But in some cases, given the nature of damage to the car, personal reasons are suspected as motivation for the attack. “The most common form of car vandalism is when vehicles are ‘keyed’ or have paint scratched (45.5 percent), followed by car windscreens and windows being damaged (16.3 percent) and panels kicked in (9 percent). “The study also identified acts of malicious damage that could only be described as bizarre, including sugar being placed in a fuel tank, a car being driven down a boat ramp, paint stripper being poured over a car, and a car being reversed over by a larger vehicle.” RACQ INSURANCE RESEARCH IDENTIFIED OTHER MALICIOUS DAMAGE TO CARS, INCLUDING: • Badges stolen (6.2 percent) • Parts stolen, including wheels (4.5 percent) • Tyres slashed (3.9 percent) • Set on fire (3.4 percent) • Egged (2.8 percent) • Graffiti (2.2 percent) • Tyres let down (2.2 percent). Three percent of Queenslanders said their car had been damaged in an act of vandalism in the past year. *The RACQ Insurance car security research is based on internet survey of 1000 licensed Queensland motorists conducted during December 2014 and is controlled for age, gender and location (metro/regional) to align the sample with the Queensland population. INSURANCE PRODUCTS ARE ISSUED BY RACQ INSURANCE LIMITED, A WHOLLY OWNED SUBISIDARY OF THE ROYAL AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF QUEENSLAND LIMITED. CONTACT OUR BRANCHES, AGENTS OR PHONE 13 1905 FOR A PRODUCT DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. PLEASE READ THE PDS BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY DECISION REGARDING THIS PRODUCT. the key to car vandalism IF YOU’VE EVER EXPERIENCED THAT HORRIBLE SINKING FEELING IN THE STOMACH WHEN YOU’VE RETURNED TO DISCOVER YOUR PARKED CAR HAS BEEN ‘KEYED’, YOU’RE NOT ALONE. STORY LYNDA SCHEKOSKE INSURANCE | MOTORING The study also identified acts of malicious damage that could only be described as bizarre, including sugar being placed in a fuel tank, a car being driven down a boat ramp, paint stripper being poured over a car, and a car being reversed over by a larger vehicle.
April 1st 2015