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Will my car get stolen?

From April 2016 to March 2017, 46,509 cars were stolen in Australia, that’s around 3 for every 1000 registered vehicles. But is there anything that’ll make your car more likely to get taken?

Find out

How old is your car?

Under 5 Yrs
5-15 Yrs
Over 15 Yrs

Good news!

Your car probably has an immobiliser, making it impossible to hotwire.

It is mandatory for all vehicles manufactured after 2001 to be fitted with an immobiliser, this temporarily stops your car starting unless it receives the correct electronic code from it’s deactivating device (usually your key).

Theft rate is almost 3 times higher for non-immobilised vehicles

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Be careful!

Your car might not have an immobiliser, making it more likely to get stolen.

This device temporarily stops your car starting unless it receives the correct electronic code from its deactivating device (usually your key). They’re mandatory for cars made after 2001 but for older cars, you can get one installed for just a few hundred dollars.

Theft rate is almost 3 times higher for non-immobilised vehicles

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What colour is your car? that's interesting because The most stolen colour was Green

  • Green
  • Yellow
  • Beige
  • White
  • Silver
  • Grey
  • Black
  • Blue
  • Red

with a theft rate of 3.58 thefts per 1000 registrations

Beige cars
had a theft rate of
2/1000

Data from 2015/2016 financial year based on all passenger/light commercial thefts.

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How much is your car worth?

Not Much
About Average
A Lot

It doesn't matter as much as you'd think

Most thefts aren't for profit

3 out of 4 thefts are short term & used for transport, joyriding or for committing other crimes. These thefts are opportunistic. So how secure your car is matters more than how much it’s worth.

7/10 short term vehicle thefts are recovered in 1 week

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Which state do you live in?

  • QLD
  • NT
  • NSW
  • VIC
  • ACT
  • SA
  • TAS

ACT had a higher than average theft rate

with 3.36/1000 registered vehicles stolen

National Average

Data from April 2016 - March 2017.

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Is your car a
Holden Commodore?

Yes
No

That’s a relief!

Holden Commodores made up 5 of the top 10 most stolen car models

Data from April 2016 - March 2017 for frequency of theft.

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Uh oh

Holden Commodores made up 5 of the top 10 most stolen car models

Data from April 2016 - March 2017 for frequency of theft.

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Where do you keep
your keys?

  • On the key rack
  • On the table
  • In my bag
  • In the car
  • I'm always losing them!

Time for a new hiding place

Thieves are now targeting keys first and will often break into houses for the sole purpose of stealing car keys. In fact, 51% of all cars are stolen from a residence. While immobilisers are typically built into cars after 2001, they offer no protection if a thief has access to your keys, so be sure to hide your keys (and spare keys) very well.

Keys stolen in a home burglary 37%

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Do you lock your car?

  • Always
  • Almost always
  • Not at the
    petrol station
  • Not at home

Keep it up!

Locking your car is one of the simplest actions to prevent theft.

Locking your car is one of the simplest actions to prevent theft. By always locking your car after leaving the vehicle — and while you're actually inside it — the safety of your vehicle and yourself is significantly improved.

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Be Careful!

Locking your car is one of the simplest actions to prevent theft.

Locking your car is one of the simplest actions to prevent theft. By always locking your car after leaving the vehicle — and while you're actually inside it — the safety of your vehicle and yourself is significantly improved.

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Now you know the risks, here's what you can do

  • Take extra precautions

    If your car is pre-2001 and doesn’t have a built-in immobiliser, consider preventative measures against theft such as the use of an anti-theft device (e.g. a steering wheel lock), and consider investing in a car alarm system.

  • Keep track of your keys

    Keep spare keys somewhere else (i.e. Never in the wheel well or under your car) and only tell family who also drive the car where the spare key is.

  • Secure your car

    Lock all of your doors — and check it is locked. If locking by fob, make sure you receive the aural and/or visual signals, in case the fob isn’t working properly. If you have keyless entry features, check that your car is locked by looking through the windows to see the internal locking mechanism is activated.

  • Park intelligently

    You’re not always going to be able to park in the best places, but even the nicest parts of town experience car crime. Park in a well-lit area — even if during the day, in case you have to leave your car longer than expected. If you can, park in a monitored lot.

  • Park to blend in

    Try parking in the middle of a row of cars if possible, where your car blends in. A car parked on its own away at the end of a car park and away from the regular flow of pedestrians is much more likely to attract thieves.

  • Keep no valuables in the car

    Particularly not in plain sight as it’s an added incentive for a thief to steal your car, but if possible not even in the boot, as most boots are very easily accessible. Mobile phones, wallets and cash are the obvious thief magnets but even inexpensive items such as a bag, coat or scarf can attract a thief for what these items may be concealing (i.e. something expensive).

  • Protect your documentation

    Keep your car title, registration, insurance information and any other documentation with you rather than your glove box, or at least concealed, so that you don’t also become a target of identity theft.

  • Never keep your car running

    It only takes seconds for it to be stolen!

Source: carsafe.com.au