Car thieves striking at home
THIEVES are continuing to target cars parked at homes with more than one-quarter of vehicles stolen over the past 12 months taken from a driveway, according to RACQ's 2015 Car Security Index.
The research showed car thefts from driveways had increased to 25.4% (3.1% rise from 2014), while 13.4% of cars were stolen from the street in front of or adjacent to the owner's home.
Insurance Communications executive manager Mike Sopinski said these thefts were a result of thieves targeting car keys in homes.
"The continuing high rate of theft from driveways is being driven by overall improvements in car security forcing thieves to directly target keys," Mr Sopinski said.
"A staggering 44.8% of people admit they don't always secure their car keys while at home. Motorists really need to treat their keys like cash," he said.
The research also found 17.8% of thefts over the past year were from the street side which suggested opportunistic thieves were targeting older less secure makes and models and cars not properly secured.
"Thieves also favoured shopping centre car parks with 13.4 percent of thefts from these areas over the past 12 months," Mr Sopinski said.
RACQ's Car Security Index showed other locations also remained a risk for car theft:
Public car park (11.3%)
Bus or rail commuter car parks (7.5%)
Home garage (6.6%)
Work car parks (2.8%)
Hotel, motel caravan park guest parking (0.9%).
"The research also revealed many Queensland vehicle owners (10.5%) don't consider their immediate local area to be a safe place to park their car," Mr Sopinski said.