Cairns a hot spot for car vandalism

20 February 2018 Cairns motorists have been warned to be vigilant about car security as new RACQ insurance data revealed Cairns had been listed as one of the five worst spots in the State for vandalism.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said the town had recorded 22 vehicle vandalism claims in the last three years.

“Vandalism claims around the State have been increasing year-on-year, and unfortunately

Cairns is number five on the list,” Ms Clinton said.

“There has been a rise in claims in Queensland of almost five percent between 2016 and 2017, following a jump of 10 percent between 2015 to 2016.

“Cairns motorists need to be cautious about where they park their car. If you can’t park in a secure garage, make sure you park in a well-lit, well-populated area less likely to attract vandals because of the risk of being caught.”

Ms Clinton said common acts of vandalism included the car being kicked, punched or keyed and tyres being slashed.

“Sometimes these are acts of revenge but often motorists simply return to their vehicles to find the damage has been done,” she said.

“Unfortunately, the perpetrators aren’t always caught so it’s important drivers have the right insurance so they’re not left to fund the potentially costly repairs themselves.”

Top locations for car vandalism claims 2015–2017:

  1. Southport – 40 claims
  2. Bundaberg – 27 claims
  3. Toowoomba – 25 claims
  4. Fortitude Valley – 23 claims
  5. Cairns – 22 claims.