Be street smart to avoid car theft

RACQ has urged Queensland drivers to be vigilant when it comes to car security, after shocking new data revealed motor vehicle theft had doubled in the State in the last five years.

Research from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council found Brisbane and the Gold Coast were the top two locations targeted by criminals who stole passenger and light commercial cars.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross said the Club was disappointed Queensland was over-represented in the statistics.

“We’re the only State to has seen vehicle theft rates climb which is incredibly concerning and why we’re encouraging motorists to take action,” Ms Ross said.

“In the last three years, RACQ has received almost 500 theft claims on the Gold Coast alone, with the the top five suburbs including Nerang, Southport, Surfers Paradise, Arundel and Broadbeach.

"Brisbane had more three time that amount of claims, with more than 1700."

Ms Ross urged Queenslanders to ensure their car was always secured, and never leave keys inside their vehicles or in a places that were easy to spot in their home.

“Our advice to motorists is to treat their keys like cash, we find so often vehicle theft is opportunistic,” she said.

“When you get home, don’t leave your keys on the table at the entrance or where someone can see them through the windows.

“It’s also important not to leave valuables inside your car, as this can attract unwanted attention.”