STAY SAFE: Wayne Wooldridge installs a security system in an older model car yesterday.
STAY SAFE: Wayne Wooldridge installs a security system in an older model car yesterday. Mike Knott BUNCAR

If you own a Holden Commodore, check your driveway now

HOLDEN and Ford are battling it out again but this time neither may want the top tag as RACQ released a list of the top 10 most commonly stolen cars during the past 12 months.

If you live in Queensland and own a Holden Commodore then check your driveway because figures show it's the most prized target for car thieves.

In Queensland there were 487 Holden Commodores stolen compared to 216 Ford Falcons, 209 Toyota Hiluxes, 116 Nissan Patrols and 98 Hyundai Excels.

But in welcome news for the Wide Bay, there were 64 fewer stolen cars in the region than the previous year.

According to data from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council there were 229 cars stolen in the 2014-15 financial year compared to 293 in 2013-14 - a 22% reduction.

Interestingly, motorcycle thefts were also down from 87 in 2013-14 to 66 in 2014-15.

RACQ Insurance communications executive manager Mike Sopinski said thieves generally targeted older, less secure makes and models.

"Our 2015 Car Security Index reveals many Queenslanders aren't utilising basic security measures with 28.5% of motorists admitting they don't always lock their cars," Mr Sopinski said.

"The research also reveals motorists are often letting their guard down at service stations, with 58.1% saying they don't always lock their vehicle while fuelling.

"In a sign of the times the research also showed 28.1% admitted they wouldn't investigate or take notice of a car alarm sounding."

Mr Sopinski said many people were taking car security seriously, however, with close to half (43.7%) saying they considered the security features of the car they last purchased, while 52% currently have an engine immobiliser and 46.2% a car alarm.

B&G Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning owner Wayne Wooldridge said there were some safety measures car owners could take including installing immobilisation systems on older vehicles.

"Immobilisers became pretty standard in the mid '90s so unless you have the keys it becomes difficult to steal," he said.

Mr Wooldridge said immobilisers worked by cutting the start circuit as well as the injection key.

"So even if thieves go around to try and crank it by putting a wire on the starter motor it still won't fire," he said.

With immobilisers priced at about the $200 mark Mr Wooldridge said it was a very worthy investment - but he said the best way to deter thieves was to lock your vehicle.

Wide Bay 2014-15 stats

229 cars stolen

66 motorcycles stolen

9 Holden Commodore VX MY00_02 were stolen

7 Holden Commodore VZ MY04_06 were stolen

6 Ford Falcon AU MY98_02

31 other vehicles stolen



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