Sunday 25 September 2011

Holden Commodore tops list for most stolen car in 2010 (AU)

If the slogan of the Australian state of Victoria - “Victoria – The place to be” - is anything to go by, then perhaps you wouldn't be surprised that it has one of the highest car thefts in Australia, with the most stolen vehicle being the humble (in its entry-level form) Holden Commodore, at least according to RACV Insurance claims data.

In the last financial year (2010/2011), 198 Commodore owners made claims with arch-rival, the Ford Falcon taking second place with 107 insurance claims filed. Other stolen vehicles in Victoria include the Toyota Corolla, Ford Laser (Orion in Europe), and the Toyota Camry.

RACV Insurance acting general manager, Bob McGuinness explained that older cars are easier targets.

“Older cars can be targeted because of their minimal security,” McGuinness said. “However, an older car can be fitted with an engine immobiliser for as little as $200, which is a simple way to deter thieves. Car owners should also be vigilant and ensure that all valuables are hidden from view to reduce the chances of attracting would-be thieves.”

“Drivers should also be aware of the locations where cars are more likely to be stolen, such as railway stations, shopping centres and outside their homes,” McGuinness added.

“When parking, drivers should take extra care to ensure that if possible, their car is left in a secure area, the car’s doors are locked and the windows are closed.”

Despite the cliché, thieves are usually up and about between 6am to midday with only 14% between midnight and 6am.

“Our data shows that thieves are prepared to strike at any time, not just at night when vehicles are more likely to be left unattended for long periods of time,” McGuinness concluded.

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