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Australia’s Most Stolen Cars

Posted on: December 6, 2013 by Platinum Direct

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Are you driving one of Australia’s most stolen cars? Chances are that if you are driving an old Holden Commodore, you could be a target for car jackers.

Indeed, the humble Holden Commodore has been found to be the vehicle of choice for car thieves in Australia, according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council’s latest report, which revealed that 57,072 motor vehicles were stolen in Australia in the 2012/2013 financial year.

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Source: tensionot.com

The report divides thefts into two categories: ‘short term thefts’ defined as motor vehicles that were stolen and recovered; and ‘profit motivated thefts’, where the stolen vehicle was not recovered.

Holden’s VT Commodore topped the list for ‘profit motivated theft’ with 267 vehicles stolen over the 12 month period. This was narrowly followed by the Toyota Hilux, which numbered 264 stolen vehicles and the Holden Commodore VX at 171.

The Hyundai Excel X3 took the gong for ‘short term theft’ with 782 cars of that model stolen in the last 12 months. The Holden Commodore VT and VE rounded up the top three.

A key driver behind thieves choosing to steal these specific vehicle models is the lucrative stolen parts industry. Thieves choose car models that are not only some of the most popular with consumers but also have parts, which can be easily disassembled.

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In addition, the report highlights that older cars are more popular to steal than the newer models, again primarily driven by the need for replacement parts. Many of these older models are also easy to steal because they lack some of the more modern security features – such as electronic mobilisers and central locking or indeed, a bolt of electricity!

Despite the raw data, the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council’s figures do show an improvement in the number of car thefts over the past five years and the fall in thefts can partly be attributed to car manufacturers and consumers becoming more security conscious as well as improvements in anti-theft technology in newer models.

For those wanting to avoid the attention of car thieves, the vast majority of thefts occur in quiet, poorly lit, residential streets. Keeping your car off the street and locked up at night is a good deterrent to thieves. In addition, install a car alarm and/or an immobiliser. These tips may significantly decrease the risk of theft.

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