If you have recently purchased a car in Melbourne or are about to do so, be sure to take out car insurance. Allianz comprehensive car insurance provides cover in the event of theft as well as damage to your own vehicle and third-party property.
There are 4.2 million motor vehicles registered in Victoria, and in 2011 the state had the second highest number of motor vehicle registrations for brand new cars, after New South Walesi.
Research conducted by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council reveals that 12,186 motor vehicles were stolen in Victoria in FY2010/11ii. Car models by Toyota, Holden and Ford were particularly popular among car thefts in Victoria during the same period.
To prevent your vehicle from being stolen in Melbourne, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) recommends where possible you park your vehicle off the street, in a driveway, garage or staffed car parkiii. In FY2010/11, 25.5% of all stolen cars in Victoria were located on the street outside a private addressiv. Other tips to prevent car theft include not leaving any valuables in the car that can be seen, closing all windows and locking the vehicle before leaving it unattendediii.
With all this in mind, you should not become complacent when it comes to protecting your own car and third-party property. Get an online quote from Allianz today for car insurance.
i Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011, Motor Vehicle Census, http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/9309.0
ii National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 2011, Quick stats financial year ending 30 June 2011
iii Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV), 2010, Victoria Police Residential Kit, Vehicle Safety, http://www.racv.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/Internet/Primary/home+services/home-advice/victoria-police-residential-kit/Vehicle+Safety
iv Victoria Police Crime Statistics, 2010/2011, http://www.vicpolcrimestats.net.au/, p.124