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Friday is the favourite day for car thieves to strike

Friday, 1st Mar 2019

Car thieves prefer Fridays when it comes to stealing your car, according to latest figures obtained by RAA Insurance.

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.

According to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, of which RAA is a member, a total of 527 vehicles were stolen on a Friday - more than any other day of the week - in the 12 months to the end of September 2018.

That’s an average of around 10 cars each Friday over this period.

And on Fridays thieves were most active between 4pm and 8pm when a total of 155 vehicles were stolen across the same period, the figures show.

It was also revealed more vehicles were stolen in March (319) than any other month during this period.

“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.

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

Ms Cain said the figures showed about two thirds of the 3002 vehicles stolen in this period were for “short term use’’ – or joy riding – and the rest for “financial gain’’ such as accessing spare parts.

 “It’s about opportunities and there are many more people parking in public while out and about on a Friday evening.

“This might also explain why March – with all its associated events like the festival and supercar race – is the most common month for stealing cars.’’

The total theft figures for SA in the 12 months to September were consistent with the annual average reported to police during the past four 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 by your home, leave your car in a well-lit area and preferably have an alarm fitted.
  • 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.
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