Is your car at risk?

RACQ has warned Queensland motorists to be on high alert after a recent spike in vehicle vandalism across the State.

RACQ’s Renee Smith said the Club had seen a 10 percent increase in insurance claims for malicious damage last year.

“It’s a big concern to motorists that we’ve seen these types of claims jump from 690 in 2015, to more than 780 last year,” Ms Smith said.

“These claims include things like slashed tyres, keyed cars and rocks through windows.

“There has also been a significant number of claims for footprints and dents on car roofs and bonnets, but also some quite unusual claims like sugar being put into fuel pumps and even cars being painted a new colour.

“Unfortunately the perpetrators are often not found, although we’ve heard of a few cases of revenge attacks by scorned ex-lovers!”

Southport topped the list as the suburb most at risk of car vandalism, however the top 10 suburbs were spread across the State.

The top 10 suburbs for malicious damage claims from 2014-2016:

  1. Southport
  2. Bundaberg
  3. Toowoomba
  4. Fortitude Valley
  5. Cairns
  6. Caboolture
  7. Surfers Paradise
  8. Maroochydore
  9. Nerang
  10. Rockhampton

Ms Smith warned owners that many of these incidents had occurred at home.

“Often this damage occurs while the car is parked in the driveway, on the street in front of homes and even in garages,” she said.

“You can reduce your risk by parking in a secure garage where possible.

“If you’re out and about park in well-lit and well-populated areas when you can.”

Have you ever been the victim of vehicle vandalism?