Alarming rate of car theft continues

9 May, 2023

RAA Insurance data shows car theft is continuing to surge in South Australia, despite used car values beginning to fall from their dizzying heights.

Car theft was up by 24 per cent in the first four months of 2023 compared with the same time in 2022, and 33 per cent up on the same time two years ago, according to RAA Insurance claims data.

The increase in stolen vehicles comes despite Australian used car values falling by around 10 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2023 according to Moody’s Analytics. They still, however, remain around 50 per cent higher than what they were prior to the pandemic.

RAA Insurance spokesperson Kimberley Bolton said South Aussies should be aware of the ongoing dangers of car thieves, most of whom are opportunists.

“The rate of car theft is still rising and showing no signs of abating, so motorists should remain vigilant and aware of the security of their vehicle,” Ms Bolton said.

“Cost-of-living pressures have seen used car values ease slightly, but these same pressures may be forcing more people to become desperate and turn to crime.

“Taking small steps to secure your car will make a big difference because most car crimes are committed when thieves see an opportunity to strike.”

Ms Bolton said RAA Insurance recommended parking vehicles in a garage or carport wherever possible.

“RAA Insurance recommends parking your vehicle in a garage or carport if possible, and installing sensor lights in your driveway to deter thieves.

“If you must park on the road, leave your car in a well-lit area, and always lock your vehicle.

“Motorists should also remove such valuables from their vehicles, including house keys and important documents which may reveal where they live, rather than keeping them stashed out of view.”

The RAA Insurance data also shows the most popular makes of car stolen were Toyota, Holden, Ford, Nissan and Mazda, which reflected the most common make of cars on our roads.