Trusting Aussies leave it to chance with ‘she’ll be right’ attitude to their cars

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:

Allianz tips for car safety:

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About the research Allianz commissioned PureProfile to conduct a consumer survey in June 2018. The survey was a nationally representative sample of over 1,000 Australian adult respondents (18+). The survey was carried out online.

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