Tips & tricks

Is your car at risk?

Recent statistics for Tasmania show a 13.7% increase in car theft this financial year, compared with 2017-18.

Here's a breakdown of the statistics:

  • 37.5% were manufactured between 2000 and 2010.

  • The top 5 most stolen vehicles were:

    • Nissan Pulsar

    • Ford Courier

    • Nissan Navara

    • Nissan Patrol

    • Subaru Impreza

  • The Local Government Areas that saw the biggest theft increases were:

    • Kingborough (170% increase)

    • West Tamar (100% increase)

    • Northern Midlands (81.2% increase)

    • Clarence (37.8% increase)

    • Devonport (24% increase)

  • The majority of thefts occurred on a Saturday between 8pm and midnight.

     

What can you do to reduce your risk?

  • Make sure your car is locked and the windows are shut when unattended.

  • Never leave valuables in plain sight.

  • Don't leave a spare key on your wheel or in a magnetic key holder under your car.

  • Park in well-lit areas.

  • If you park in a garage, make sure the garage doors and windows are secure.

  • Make sure alarms and other anti-theft devices are activated.

  • If you own an older car, consider using a steering wheel lock, wheel lock or other anti-theft accessories. 

  • Consider investing in a vehicle tracking device to help aid police in locating your vehicle if it's stolen.

  • When at home, make sure your car keys are kept out of sight, away from doors and windows.


Despite your best efforts, the worst can still happen. Always make sure you have appropriate insurance in place.

 

*Source - https://carsafe.com.au/theft-watch