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South Australia’s car crime hot spots revealed

Monday, 19th Feb 2018

More than 30 motor vehicles are stolen or broken into each day across South Australia, figures obtained by RAA Insurance show.

Adelaide CBD is the metropolitan hot spot for these car crimes while Murray Bridge accounts for the highest number of such offences among the regional centres, figures show.

RAA Insurance is urging drivers to be vigilant to avoid becoming a victim of car crime and has released a list of safety tips to minimise the risks to their vehicles.

“Having your car stolen is a major inconvenience and, if you’re not insured, a serious financial setback,’’ RAA Insurance Claims Manager Hayley Cain said.

“Finding your car with a broken window and items stolen from inside can also be an upsetting experience and a significant blow to the wallet.

“That’s why we encourage all motorists to take precautions to reduce their chance of having their car stolen or broken into.’’

Across the State, 3162 motor vehicles were reported stolen/used illegally and another 8435 were broken into during the 12 months to September 2017, police figures obtained by RAA Insurance revealed.

Morphett Vale, Mawson Lakes, Parafield Gardens and Paralowie completed the top five suburban hot spots for the combined car crimes during this period.

The top five regional locations for these crimes also included Whyalla, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln and Mount Gambier.

The theft and break-in figures for SA in the 12 months to September were consistent with the annual average reported to police during the past three financial years, Ms Cain said.

Here’s what you can do to reduce the chances of having your car stolen or broken into:

  • Park in a garage or carport whenever possible.
  • If you must park on the road, leave your car in a well-lit area.
  • Install sensor lights in your driveway, as they’re an excellent deterrent.
  • Always lock your vehicle, even if you’re only leaving it for a couple of minutes.
  • Remove items of value from sight, and use your car alarm if you have one.
  • If you don’t have a car alarm, a steering wheel lock can be an effective deterrent.
  • Don’t put all your valuables in the boot, as most trunks are easily accessible.
  • Make sure your vehicle is insured against theft.
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