New data from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) revealed while car thefts were down six percent nationally in the 2017/218 financial year, when compared to the previous year, Queensland had bucked the trend with an increase.
RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said the Club was concerned by the results, with Queensland just one of two states which had seen vehicle theft rates climb.
“Unfortunately, our insurance claims data shows a 15 percent increase in car thefts last financial year compared to the previous 12-month period,” Ms Clinton said.
“Our State takes out three of the five top spots for car theft in the country. It’s extremely disappointing to continually see our State top these lists and we need to take action now.”
Ms Clinton urged motorists to take simple steps to protect their vehicle.
“It seems like common sense, but we’re all so busy these days and often overlook the obvious things,” she said.
“When you leave your car, make sure the doors are locked, the windows are up and there are no valuables visible in the vehicle to tempt passing, opportunistic thieves.
“If possible, always park in a secure garage or in a well-lit, well-populated place. And in case the worst does happen, make sure your insurance policy is up-to-date.”
RACQ continued to call on the State Government to financially support the NMVTRC to ensure Queensland no longer missed out on valuable local programs which tackled car theft.
Top five Local Government Areas for vehicle thefts in Australia during 2017/18:
- Brisbane, Queensland – 2,115 thefts
- Gold Coast, Queensland – 1,551 thefts
- Greater ACT – 1,102 thefts
- Logan, Queensland – 1,014 thefts
- Hume, VIC – 934 thefts.