Which cars are thieves most likely to nab? AA Insurance reveals stolen vehicles in New Zealand up by a third
Auto theft is on the rise and so is the cost of insuring the most stolen vehicles, so what can you do to protect yours? Video / NZ Herald
AA Insurance has revealed which cars are most likely to be stolen as the number of car thefts and attempted thefts rises by a third in New Zealand this year.
Car thefts and attempted thefts have risen by 36.5% nationally according to new data released by AA Insurance today, and by 43% in Auckland over the past 12 months.
Beau Paparoa, auto claims manager at AA Insurance, said the cars that are the easiest targets are lower value and parked on the street.
“With the increase in the number of ram raids, particularly in Auckland, it is important to know that the vehicles targeted for this activity tend to be at the lower end of the value chain, over five years old and often parked on the street,” Paparoa said. .
“The increase in vehicle thefts can’t just be attributed to ram raids – we’re also getting reports of increases in rides and apparently stolen cars to get from A to B.”
Paparoa also argued that while expensive measures like security systems and immobilizers are “well worth the investment,” even simple things like a steering wheel lock can be an effective deterrent against car thieves. looking for a quick smash and dash.
The most frequently stolen cars, according to AA insurance claims, are:
• Nissan Tiida
• Toyota Mark X
• Toyota Aqua
• Mazda Atenza
• Mazda Demi.