Simple steps to avoid having your car stolen

Car theft,thief, break in.Photo Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily
Car theft,thief, break in.Photo Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily Warren Lynam

A couple of years ago, my car was broken into while it was parked out the front of my house. The thieves rifled through my belongings and stole my CD player, a pack of gum and all the change in my ashtray.

While it didn't add up to a huge sum, the whole ordeal left me devastated (I was consoled only by the fact the thieves had left my John Farnham CD intact).

Sadly, my experience is not unique. RACQ insurance claims data shows car theft is on the rise across Queensland, with almost 2000 incidents (including theft of parts) over the past two years alone.

So, how do you reduce your risk (and keep your John Farnham CDs safe)?

There are a few simple things you can do to ensure your car is less enticing to would-be-thieves - keeping your keys secured, storing your valuables away from plain sight and winding your windows up are a great start.

We also recommend you park in a secure carpark, and if you can't find one, search out a spot that's well-lit and is populated.

And at RACQ, we're looking at the bigger picture. Ahead of the state election, we've called on all political parties to commit to reinstating funding for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) - we're the only state that's not a member, after withdrawing in 2012.

The NMVTRC reduced vehicle crime in Australia by 65 per cent by sharing information, trends and strategies to combat the growing problem. We estimate for every dollar invested, motorists would receive almost three dollars in benefits. Now that would be something to sing about.

Topics:  national motor vehicle theft reduction council racq stolen car

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