RACQ has released a list of cars that thieves are most likely to favour.
The list, compiled using 12 months of data from vehicle theft, has garnered some unsettling results.
The findings reveal that if you’re a Queensland Holden Commodore owner, your wheels are most likely to become a thief’s prized, ill-gotten possession. If the whopping 487 of them pilfered over the past year isn’t indication enough, then nothing is. The list sports Commodore models in the top two spots, along with other well-known cars popular to drivers and thieves alike.
Other high-ranking models include Ford Falcon, Toyota Hilux and Nissan Patrol. The full list includes:
Holden Commodore VT MY97_00 (145 stolen)
Holden Commodore VE MY06_13 (137 stolen)
Ford Falcon BA MY02_05 (123 stolen)
Toyota Hilux MY05_11 (120 stolen)
Nissan Patrol GU MY97_ 100 (116 stolen)
Holden Commodore VX MY00_02 (108 stolen)
Hyundai Excel X3 MY94_00 (98 stolen)
Holden Commodore VY MY02_04 (97 stolen)
Ford Falcon AU MY98_02 (93 stolen)
Toyota Hilux MY98_04 (89 stolen)
Mike Sopinski, an RACQ spokesperson, has noted that older cars with minimal security are presumed to be more easily-accessible by car thieves. He also observed the situations in which people are likely to have their vehicle stolen:
“The research also reveals motorists are often letting their guard down at service stations, with 58.1 per cent saying they don’t always lock their vehicle while fuelling.”
Drivers are likely to take note of these statistics, considering 43.7 per cent of them said they considered security features when buying their last car.
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