How to help keep your car safe at home
Did you know that most car theft occurs at home? Here are some top tips to help keep your car safe from theft in your garage or driveway.
Many drivers take precautions against car theft when they’re out and about at shopping centres, schools, car parks and other destinations. But drivers can overlook car safety at home, where it’s just as important.
“Most car thefts occur in or around private residences,” says Neighbourhood Watch Victoria CEO, Bambi Gordon. “That’s why it’s crucial to protect your car when it’s parked at home.”
Data from the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) shows that residential locations such as houses, apartments and hotels were the locations where almost half of all vehicles were stolen in 2022, with a total of 7,456 thefts reported. Houses were the most common residential location for motor theft in 2022, with 3,285 vehicles stolen, followed by apartments, units and flats with 483 recorded thefts.
Where specific location data for the residential location was provided, driveways and carports were one of the most common specific locations vehicles were stolen from, (1,745 vehicles stolen in 2022). Front yards (465 thefts), multi dwelling carparks (513), garages (288), sheds (172) and backyards (119) were also commonly recorded theft locations.