My uncle, Maurice, in his late 50s purchased a beautiful sky blue 1964 Mustang.
One frosty morning, as he made his black roasted coffee, something seemed off.
The hairs stood up on the back of his neck.
Maurice grabbed a bat from a nearby closet and crept down to his garage.
His garage door had been jammed open and his Mustang was gone.
Bludgeoned with disbelief and anger, staring into his empty garage where his beautiful sky blue Mustang used to be, Maurice scrambled to get the phone out of his pocket and dialled 000.
The search for his car was arduous and slow.
The police found little evidence, it was clear the job had been professional.
In the end, they gave up and put his case on the backburner.
After calling 000 he rang his insurance company, days of back and forth left him tired and confused. His insurance company had to resolve an investigation before he would be fully reimbursed.
I thought he was incredibly unlucky. He must have been one in a million to experience that. Later I realised that was far from the truth.
After my uncle’s Mustang was taken, I started noticing theft more and more. Friends of mine would tell me stories of their cars getting stolen, some had no insurance, leaving them financially ruined for a few years.
The news cycle seemed to be overrun with victims of vehicle theft just trying to make a living.
Tradies losing their utes, single mums having their only car stripped away and the older generations, who spent years saving up for a vintage Mustang, having it ripped away in an instant.
Were they all just unlucky? Or is there an unspoken, underlying problem?
I did a bit of research and what I found was shocking.
I learnt that over 40,000 cars were stolen in Australia in 2020.
I investigated further, drilling down into the theft levels of each state and city, this is what I discovered.
According to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, national vehicle increased by 2 per cent in 2020, with 56,312 cars stolen in the country from 2019 to 2020.
There was a marked rise in vehicle theft in the Australia Capital Territory (ACT), Queensland, Victoria, and South Australia.
Victoria saw the highest number of stolen vehicles of all the states and territories in this period, with 11,583 cars stolen.
Queensland followed with 11,097 vehicles stolen, and New South Wales with 8,496 cars stolen.
Throughout 2020, Australia was intermittently placed into lockdown, with varying degrees of severity depending on your state.
And although the vehicle theft rate for cars was affected, the numbers only fell by about 10%.
In 2019, approximately 46,000 cars were stolen.
When compared with 2020, the number of cars stolen reached 39,000.
The vehicle theft rate is now stabilising with the number of cars stolen per year topping out at 40,000 during 2020.
That’s one car stolen approximately every 10 minutes in Australia.
This will increase by at least 20% once lockdowns state-wide have been lifted, which will happen as we drift in 2022.
But car theft is still an issue now, so if you’re looking to boost the security of your vehicle and want to actually get your car back, learn more about our Solid GPS tracker here.
Don’t be like my uncle. Don’t wake up tomorrow to a heart attack when you realise your car isn’t where it should be.
You will regret it and it will cost you a car-load of money. Keep your keys out of sight, your car too.
Keep a watchful eye in your community and report any suspicious activity to the Australian-wide police assistance line 131 444.
But information isn’t always enough to stop thieves.
Practical solutions are best for practical problems so consider getting a Solid GPS tracker here
If worst comes to worst and your car does get stolen, check out this article and see what you should ACTUALLY do to recover your vehicle, even if you don’t have a GPS tracker.
Finally here’s the link to our source, the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.