The Road Ahead : October 2012
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 74 THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2012 MEMBER ESSENTIALS INSURANCE NEW RESEARCH FROM RACQ Insurance shows the most common locations for vehicle theft and vehicle break-ins is in the owner's driveway, garage or residential street. The current Queensland Police Service Annual Statistical Review showed 9776 cars stolen during 2010/11, a seven percent increase over 2009/10 (8890). The Review also showed a 14 percent increase in the number of the reported theft of items from vehicles -- 26,192 in 2009/10 to 30,526 in 2010/11. RACQ Insurance communications executive manager Mike Sopinski said the research indicated the emergence of an alarming new trend in vehicle theft with thieves now targeting cars parked at homes. The RACQ Insurance research shows that 12 percent of Queenslanders had a vehicle stolen within the last five years. Almost a quarter (22 percent) of the thefts were from the home driveway, followed by 18 percent from on the street of the owner's residence and five percent from the home garage. The RACQ Insurance research also found a quarter (23 percent) of Queensland motorists had been the victim of a car break-in within the last five years. The home driveway was identified as the most common location for the break-in (33 percent), followed by the street of their residence (13 percent) and the home garage (11 percent). Mr Sopinski said improvements in car security had forced thieves to re-think their approach to vehicle theft. "We have observed a significant increase in the incidence of thieves now targeting car keys," he said. "Keys have been frequently stolen during home break-ins, either as an opportunistic 'find' or as a deliberate theft target, thereby enabling vehicle theft, too." RACQ Insurance research shows 42 percent of Queensland motorists do not secure their car keys while at home, which is an open invitation for this savvy new breed of car thief. "Car keys should always be secured while at home and should be treated with the same level of security you would with cash," Mr Sopinski said. *The RACQ Insurance research conducted during August 2012 is based on internet survey of 1007 licensed Queensland motorists and is controlled for age, gender and location (metro/regional) to align the sample with the Queensland population. RACQ Insurance tips to prevent your car being stolen: • If your vehicle does not have a factory ﬁtted engine immobiliser, install a self- arming immobiliser. • Do not leave valuables in open sight in your car. • Always lock your vehicle and secure windows even when at home or in the garage. •Donothideasparekeyin your car, even if you think it is well concealed. • Park in well-lit, secure areas at night. • Never leave your engine running while you are away from your car. • Use off-street parking where available. • Secure car keys when the vehicle is parked at home or work. car theft happens mostly at home * DISCLAIMER: INSURANCE PRODUCTS ARE ISSUED BY RACQ INSURANCE LIMITED. CONTACT OUR BRANCHES, AGENCIES OR PHONE 13 1905 FOR A PRODUCT DISCLOSURE STATEMENT. PLEASE READ THE PDS BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY DECISION REGARDING THIS PRODUCT.
August 1st 2012