Top spots for car vandalism revealed

Queensland motorists have been warned to be vigilant about car security as new RACQ insurance data revealed the State’s worst spots for vehicle vandalism.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said the Gold Coast suburb of Southport topped the list for the second year running.

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

Southport is once again at the top of 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.

“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.

Vehicle vandalism claims by year 2015–2017:

  • 2015 – 703 claims
  • 2016 – 794 claims
  • 2017 – 828 claims.