The national survey found that most Australians (69%) continue to ‘hide’ valuables in their cars, either in the boot, under a seat or beneath a blanket. A further one in three (29%) say they regularly leave their car unlocked – having faith that their vehicle, and what’s inside it, will be safe.
Allianz Australia Chief Market Manager Nick Adams said: “Australians are a car-loving nation, with more than 18.8 million vehicles on the road at last count. However, we also tend to be quite optimistic in nature and don’t like to think that something could go wrong with one of our prized possessions.
“Unfortunately Australians aren’t immune to the risks that come with owning and operating the cars we love and leaving valuables in the car can be a recipe for disaster.
“There are always a few easy steps you can take to protect yourself and your car – especially simple things like removing valuables from your vehicle, ensuring doors are locked, and always driving safely according to the road rules,” Adams said.
According to Allianz Australia, there has been a slight decline in theft from vehicle insurance claims (about 6%) over the past 12 months. However, the average cost for a ‘theft from vehicle’ claim among Allianz customers is still about $2,400 – and the emotional stress and inconvenience of a stolen phone or wallet is often far greater.
The national survey found that younger Australians (18-24) aren’t immune to their share of over-trusting car habits either – the research identifies them as the generation most likely to leave their wallet or purse in plain sight (32%).
The research also found that:
- Women are more likely to leave belongings in plain sight (21% vs. 14% of men) or hide something of value in their car boot or under the seat (56% vs. 48% of men)
- Men are significantly more likely than women to have slept in their car (30% vs. 18% women), as are millennials (31%)
Allianz tips for car safety:
- Never leave any valuables in your vehicle
- If you do have to leave valuables in your car, put them out of sight in a locked boot or glove box
- Put a note on the inside of your car door reminding you to lock up if you have a habit of forgetting to
- Never leave your car running, especially while it is unattended or unlocked such as at a petrol station
- Drive safely according to the road rules
- Avoid parking your car down quieter side streets or alleys