Brisbane becomes nation’s car theft capital

Three Queensland cities have been named in the top five worst locations for car theft in the country, according to the latest data released by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.

More than 11,125 cars were stolen last year, with Brisbane named as the number one location for vehicle theft after 2118 were taken.

The data found the Holden Commodore, Toyota Hilux, Ford Falcon and Nissan Nivara were the most sought after models by thieves.

RACQ’s Steve Spalding said while the national theft rate decreased by seven percent last year, Queensland bucked the trend with a 10 percent increase.

“This is a concerning trend that we’ve been pleading the Government to intervene in,” Mr Spalding said.

“Queensland’s the only State in Australia refusing to help fund the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council which has a proven track record in helping to lower the rate of this crime.

“Our participation could give us access not only to comprehensive trends and analysis from other States but to offender programs that can ultimately change community behaviours in the long-term.

Mr Spalding reminded drivers there were some simple ways they could reduce the risk of their car being stolen:

  • Always lock your car.
  • Always keep your keys safe – getting hold of your keys is the easiest way for a thief to steal your car.
  • At night, when possible, park in a well-lit area.
  • Don’t tempt potential thieves by leaving valuables visible in your vehicle.
  • Always ensure that your car insurance is up-to-date.