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Don't Let Your Car Become a Statistic!

17 April 2019

For most people, buying a car is the second biggest investment they will make, after buying their home. They are our pride and joy, yet we often make it too easy for the bad guys to steal them! That’s why we have joined forces with Crimes Stoppers SA to help put the brakes on car thieves…

Did you know:

  • A car is stolen every ten minutes in Australia
  • 52,858 vehicles were stolen in Australia in 2017
  • 3,423 of those vehicles were stolen in SA alone
  • Holden Commodores topped the target list in 2017
  • It costs Australia $880 million a year or $6,000 for each vehicle stolen

Despite improved security technology, 1 in 5 cars were never recovered and more than half (53%) of motorcycles stolen were never seen again.

How are they doing it?

Gone are the days of hot wiring, with most cars having sophisticated anti-theft technology. Now an alarming number of criminals are breaking into homes to steal the keys.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that 58% of all car thefts occur at home or while parked at someone else’s house.

So, how can you protect your car?

You can reduce your chances of being a target by:

  • Hiding all valuables or taking them with you
  • Closing all the windows, locking your car and taking the keys with you
  • Never hiding a key under the car – thieves know about these!
  • Always parking in a well-lit area when possible
  • Locking your car even when you are parked in your garage at home
  • Using your car’s anti-theft device or alarm
  • Installing a vehicle tracking device which can be activated if you car is stolen to assist with quick recovery

Remember, it’s always a good idea to check your insurance and check what you are covered for! Police Credit Union offers a range of Motor Insurance options, so if you are looking for insurance or want to make the switch, see more information here.

If you have any information about someone stealing or breaking into vehicles, call Crime Stoppers SA on 1800 333 000 or make a report at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

Crime Stoppers SA and Police Credit Union – Supporting Better Communities