We get more than 300 days of sunshine a yeari and our coastline stretches 7400 kmii. With good weather and white sandy shores within easy reach, beach culture is well-established in our way of life. You can usually find us taking advantage of our sun-filled days by jogging along the beach, surfing in the ocean, or lazing outdoors with a book in our hands.
In our capital city Brisbane, weekends are spent indulging in fresh produce at the farmers markets. Exercising along the Riverbank is common and so is relaxing in the gardens and parks or enjoying summer swims with the kids. Queensland is a big state (1,730,648 sq meters) that boasts incredible world-renowned attractions, popular with tourists and locals alike.
The Gold Coast is where excitement begins and doesn't end. With theme parks, nightclubs and warm beaches, the "G.C." is a worthy winner of the title "Australia's fun capital"iii. There's also the Sunshine Coast that never fails to amaze with its golden beaches, secluded coves, and quaint mountain villages further inland. At the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, nature and marine life is abundant: dugongs, turtles and Humpback whales are not a rare sight here!
Queensland is also home to the world's largest and most spectacular coral reef system - The Great Barrier Reef. We are extremely privileged to be situated on the shores of a breathtaking underwater world including 6,600 species of flora and fauna. Its beauty is one that receives international attention and is unrivalled by any other marine reef in the world.
At Allianz we understand that Queenslanders appreciate having a vehicle to get around. However, we also know that while owning a car offers convenience, it comes with the risk of theft.
Queensland had one of the highest rates of car theft in Australia in 2012/13. Approximately 21 per cent of all car thefts in the country took place in Queensland. 12,273 cars were stolen in Queensland in the 2012/13 period, 8,979 of these were short term thefts. This means that these vehicles were stolen for purposes such as travel, joyriding or as a getaway vehicle. The other 3,294 were stolen for profit - the thieves either sell the cars on or take them apart for parts to be resoldiv.
When the number of thefts is compared to the actual number of cars on the road, Queensland has a slightly elevated rate of theft with 3.24 thefts per 1,000 registered cars: just above the national average (3.22 per 1,000 cars). Queensland has experienced an increase in the number of thefts per 1,000 vehicles since 2009, when the rate was just 2.52. During the same period theft rates in all other states, except the Northern Territory, fell for both short term thefts and profit motivated theftsv. In light of this increasing risk, Queenslanders should take all precautions to protect their cars.
In 2012/13, the most popular car for short term thefts was the Hyundai Excel X3, followed closely by the Holden Commodore VE and the Holden Commodore VTvi. In the same year, the Holden Commodore VT was the top pick for profit-motivated thefts, and the second most preferred steal was the VE followed by the Toyota Hiluxvi.
Allianz provides reliable car insurance for drivers across Queensland and beyond.
Our comprehensive car insurance understands the Queensland lifestyle and your reliance on your car. To make sure your financial burden is minimised following a car theft or accident, Allianz provides up to $500 cover for personal items stolen from your vehicle. If your car is stolen and not recovered you can receive up to $75 per day for 14 days for rental car use^.
Plus if you suffer from total loss due to car theft, on top of the rental car benefit, we will pay you an agreed value or the market value of your stolen car. And if your vehicle is less than 2 years old and becomes a total loss, we will replace it with a new one of the same make, model and series^!
Get a car insurance quote online in just 2 minutes. Let us help protect the investment in your car.
^Please refer to page 10 of our SureCover Plus Motor Insurance Product Disclosure Statement
i Queensland Government, 2011, Queensland's idyllic lifestyle, http://www.business.qld.gov.au/invest/benefits-business-queensland/queenslands-idyllic-lifestyle
ii Queensland beaches, Queensland Coastal Climate, http://www.qldbeaches.com/climate.html
iv National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 2013, Quick Stats: Financial year ending 30 June 2013, http://ncars.on.net/docs/quick/aus.pdf, p.1
v National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 2013, Quick Stats: Financial year ending 30 June 2013, http://ncars.on.net/docs/quick/aus.pdf, p.2
vi National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 2012, Quick Stats: Financial year ending 30 June 2013, http://ncars.on.net/docs/quick/aus.pdf, p.4