The Road Ahead : December 2013
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 67 INSURANCE | MEMBER ESSENTIALS DEC 2013/JAN 2014 THE ROAD AHEAD THE 2013 RACQ Insurance Car Security Index* shows the high- risk locations for vehicle theft and break-ins have become the owner's driveway, garage or residential street. The research reveals that 28 percent of car thefts over the past year were from home driveways, an increase of five percent over 2012. More than 15 percent of thefts occurred from the street of the owner's residence and 10 percent from the home garage. RACQ executive manager Insurance Communications Mike Sopinski said there were several reasons why thieves were targeting vehicles parked at home. "It's becoming harder for thieves to operate in public locations as security has improved with advances in video surveillance and monitoring, increased patrols and a greater public awareness of, and willingness to, immediately report suspicious activity," Mr Sopinski said. 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. car thieves 'homing in' THIEVES ARE OFTEN STEALING CARS WITH THE OWNER'S KEYS AFTER PERFORMING SNEAK RAIDS ON QUEENSLAND HOMES, ACCORDING TO RACQ INSURANCE. STORY MIKE SOPINSKI "These factors, combined with overall improvements in car security, have forced thieves to re-think their approach to vehicle theft, with keys now frequently stolen during home break-ins, either as an opportunistic 'find' or as a deliberate theft target," Mr Sopinski said. However, the RACQ Insurance research also showed other locations remained a risk for car theft: • Streets other than the owner’s (12 percent). • Public car parks (10 percent). • Shopping centre car parks (seven percent). • Rail or bus commuter car parks (seven percent). • Service stations (almost two percent). National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council executive director Ray Carroll said the RACQ Insurance research findings were a timely reminder to car owners of the need to think about key security, whether at home or elsewhere. Mr Carroll said that, while electronic *The RACQ Insurance car security research is based on internet survey of 1000 licensed Queensland motorists conducted during June, 2013, and is controlled for age, gender and location (metro/regional) to align the sample with the Queensland population. immobilisation had played a significant role in reducing car theft, the growing trend towards key theft was now the single greatest threat to further reductions. RACQ Insurance tips to help prevent your car being stolen include: • If your vehicle does not have a factory-fitted engine immobiliser, consider installing an Australian Standards self-arming immobiliser. • Do not leave valuables in open sight in your car. • Always lock your vehicle and secure windows when away from your car, even when at home or in the garage. • Do not hide a spare key in 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.
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