The Road Ahead : June July 2014
QUEENSLAND'S LARGEST CLUB 53 JUN/JUL 2014 THE ROAD AHEAD DID YOU KNOW THAT, IN 2013: • Around one household in 150 nationally experienced a vehicle theft. • The estimated cost to the community for the year was more than $600 million, which doesn’t include the substantial expense of police investigations, courts and corrections. • ‘Short term’ (opportunistic use for joyriding or to commit another crime) vehicle theft dropped by 14 percent (a new record low) to 32,950 vehicles. • ‘Proft motivated’ (vehicles stolen forconversion into cash) theft dropped by 10 percent (another new record low) to 10,450 vehicles. • Six in 10 passenger and light commercial vehicle thefts deemed ‘short term’ were manufactured prior to 2001 (when immobilisers were made mandatory on new passenger and light commercial vehicles). • The overwhelming majority of ‘proft-motivated’ theft is of older vehicles, with 86 percent being six or more years old. Three in fve (6583 vehicles) were more than 11 years- old and valued at less than $5000. SOURCE: NMVTRC. research (see story, TRA Dec/Jan) which showed the high-risk locations for vehicle theft were now the owner’s driveway, garage or residential street, with those locations comprising more than half (53 percent) of all Queensland vehicle theft in 2013. RACQ advises car owners to secure their vehicle keys at home so they are not accessible to an intruder. Thieves are also turning their attention to older vehicles, which are easier targets. The owners of these vehicles should consider installing an after-market immobiliser, Mr Manning said. “There are a number of affordable after-market immobilisers on the market,” he said. “Typically, these utilise transponder systems or radio frequency remote controls that disrupt the engine's fuel supply, ignition or starter circuits.” RACQ recommends only immobilisers that comply with Australian Standard 4601 be used. Such systems are self-arming, which means that when you leave the car it is automatically immobilised, without you having to do anything. Mr Manning said there were also a number of alarms on the market that immobilised the vehicle and provided the added protection of an audible warning if the vehicle was tampered with. “Look for one that complies with Australian Standard 3749.1,” he said. FEATURE | MOTORING IMAGES COURTESY THINKSTOCK AND TOYOTA.