Report* Top 10 Cars Most Likely to Be Stolen in Australia (2020)
Car theft is a big deal, when we compare it to 2019 we see a fall of nearly 15%
That’s fantastic news, but what happened during 2020?
The entire country was locked down for months on end.
Yet theft still occurred for cars, and in large numbers, nearly 40,000 cars were stolen in 2020.
Thieves are out there, ruining everyday Australian’s lives and we can all put a stop to it.
A good starting place is knowing what cars they target most.
The following is the top 10 most stolen cars in Australia according to “The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council”.
Also, the dates are from 1/01/2019 – 30/12/2019 VS 1/01/2020 – 30/12/2020.
1. Holden Commodore VE 06 - 13
904 stolen in 2020 vs 1,009 stolen in 2019
The Holden Commodore VE tops the list. 904 of the VE’s were stolen during 2020.
As I’m sure you already know, Commodores are one of the most popular cars on the market.
Even older variants maintain that beast-like aura all while being more affordable.
2. Toyota Hilux 05 - 11
576 stolen in 2020 vs 679 stolen in 2019
The Toyota Hilux is a staple of the Australian tradie.
Some might even question, if you’ve never owned a Hilux, Commodore or Falcon, can you even call yourself one?
Unfortunately, Hilux’s are also a staple of the Australian thief’s diet with 576 of them being stolen this year.
3. Ford Ranger PX 11+
418 stolen in 2020 vs 369 stolen in 2019
The Ford Ranger is the cousin of the Toyota Hilux and Nissan Navara, they all serve the same purpose so there’s not much more to add.
We can expect a rise in theft for this model because it’s still being produced and sold.
4. Toyota Hilux 12 - 15
398 stolen in 2020 vs 434 stolen in 2019
We’re back with the Hilux but this model is slightly newer being in production from 2012 to 2015.
There’s not much more to add here that I didn’t say in the earlier Hilux appearance.
5. Holden Commodore VY 02 - 04
392 stolen in 2020 vs 492 stolen in 2019
Back onto the Commodore but this time a slightly older model with the VY.
As previously stated, an enormously popular car that’s also incredibly popular with thieves.
Make sure you invest in the right security if you’re getting one of these beauties.
I’d recommend a Solid GPS tracker. Learn about it more here.
6. Holden Captiva CG 06+
389 stolen in 2020 vs 386 stolen in 2019
Our 6th most stolen car for 2020 comes in as the Holden Captive CG.
The Captiva is a family car indicating that thieves aren’t only going after cars with powerful engines like the Commodore or Falcon.
In the next couple of years, you can expect to see thieves targeting SUVs more and more.
7. Nissan Pulsar N15 95 - 00
381 stolen in 2020 vs 661 stolen in 2019
Pulsars are a fantastic car for anyone on a budget.
Unfortunately, this means security is a bit lacking with it being so cheap coupled with its older age.
The Nissan Pulsar also attracts the joy-riding thief where 50% of the time if your pulsar is stolen it’ll end up on fire or crashed.
8. Toyota Hilux 15+
379 stolen in 2020 vs 291 stolen in 2019
379 of these were stolen compared to 291 at the same time last year.
We can attribute this to the fact that there’s more Hilux’s on the road now that more of them are being produced.
9. Ford Falcon BA 02 - 05
379 stolen in 2020 vs 464 stolen in 2019
Ford’s rival to Holden’s Commodore is the Falcon. This slightly older model is still being stolen at alarming rates.
With the rate of theft only decreasing because of COVID. I expect to see the number of stolen falcon’s to rise in the future.
10. Nissan Navara D40 05 - 15
370 stolen in 2020 vs 474 stolen in 2019
Onto the bigger brother of the Nissan Pulsar. The Navara is another super reliable, super popular car like the Hilux.
Which also makes it popular with thieves, but compared to the Pulsar, the Navara has better anti-theft technology built inside it.
However, it’s always good to rely on at least one independent security measure like a Solid GPS tracker.
Because a thief would know how to bypass a cars natural security defences. Like immobilisers and alarms.
Did your car make the list?
If it did I highly recommend you start beefing up your security and the best way to start is through knowledge.
Take a peek at the troubling signs of rampant car theft to go more in-depth on the actual stats of car theft here.
Or if you don’t know wouldn’t know what to do if your car is stolen check out the 4 simple steps to recover your car.
Finally, the most important thing you can do is defend yourself with high-quality tech like a Solid GPS Tracker.