Don’t be complacent – secure your car at home

As Queenslanders spent more time at home, RACQ has warned vehicle owners to be vigilant in securing their cars, with thousands stolen across the State in just three years, and May one of the worst months for theft.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said new data revealed the insurer recorded 3,000 insurance claims across Queensland for car theft between January 2017 and December 2019, with 789 of those claims from Brisbane.  

“Our stats show December is the month you’re most likely to have your car stolen, with May and November right behind that, taking out equal second place,” Ms Ross said. 

“We’re also concerned by a significant increase in the number of cars being stolen in Queensland. When we crunched the numbers, we found a 15 percent increase in car theft claims from 2017 to 2018, and a nine percent increase from 2018 to 2019. 

“The problem is getting worse, so we’re urging our members to make sure they do all they can to secure their car, otherwise they could risk losing it.” 

Ms Ross said drivers could do simple things to reduce the risk. 

“We know many Queenslanders are doing the right thing and staying home right now, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that means you can keep an eye on your car at home – the reality is, opportunistic thieves can strike at any time,” she said.

“Most vehicles are stolen from either the driveway, or from the street directly in front of the owner’s home – and most thieves will steal your car keys before they then steal your car. 

“Our tip: treat your car keys like cash. Plenty of people come home from a trip to the shops or from work and drop their car keys on a side table at the front door. The problem with that is, if someone breaks into your home, that’s the first place they’ll look. 

“It’s also vital you keep your car locked in a garage, or inside a secure fence, whenever you can – it’s an added layer of protection against thieves.”