Own a frequently stolen car? Here’s how you can avoid losing yours

AutoTrader NZ
Published 28 April 2023

According to recent reports, car theft is on the rise in New Zealand, with certain models being particularly targeted by thieves. If you own a car that is frequently stolen or want to protect your vehicle from potential theft, we’ve got you covered. Here are some practical tips to help you avoid becoming a victim and keep your beloved car safe.

Park smart, park safe

  • Whenever possible, park your car off the street. This reduces the visibility to potential thieves and makes it harder for them to access your vehicle.
  • Consider parking in well-lit areas or monitored parking lots, especially at night. Thieves are less likely to target cars that are in open and secure locations.

Keep valuables out of sight

  • Remove any valuable items from your car or keep them well hidden. Thieves are often attracted to vehicles with visible electronics, bags, or other valuables, so stow them away in the trunk or take them with you.

Lock it up and set alarms

  • Always lock your car, even if you’re only stepping away for a short time. Thieves look for easy opportunities, and an unlocked car is an invitation.
  • Consider installing an immobiliser or alarm system for an added layer of security. These deterrents can discourage thieves from targeting your vehicle.

Invest in a steering wheel lock

  • While it may not completely prevent a determined thief, a steering wheel lock can make stealing your car more difficult and time-consuming. Most thieves want to get in and out quickly, so anything that slows them down increases the chances of them moving on to an easier target.

Be cautious with spare keys

  • Don’t leave spare keys inside your car, especially in obvious places like the glove compartment or under the seat. Thieves know where to look, so keep your spare keys in a secure location outside of the vehicle.

Consider additional security measures

  • If you own a frequently stolen car, it might be worth investing in additional security measures such as GPS tracking systems or vehicle immobilizers. These devices can help recover your car if it’s stolen and make it less attractive to thieves in the first place.

Remember, the goal is to make your car less appealing and more challenging to steal than other targets. By implementing these practical measures, you can significantly reduce the risk of car theft and protect your investment. Stay vigilant and stay safe!

What to do if your car is stolen

If despite your best efforts, your car gets stolen, here’s what you should do:

  1. Notify the police immediately. Call 111 if there is any immediate danger. Call 105 if it’s not an emergency situation. Provide them with all the necessary details about your stolen vehicle, including its make, model, colour, and license plate number.
  2. Contact your insurance company and report the theft. Provide them with the police report and any other required information. They will guide you through the claims process and assist you in recovering from the loss.

Most commonly stolen cars in New Zealand in 2022:

  1. Toyota Aqua
  2. Mazda Demio
  3. Nissan Tiida
  4. Mazda Atenza (Mazda 6)
  5. Toyota MarkX
  6. Toyota Vitz
  7. Subaru Legacy
  8. Toyota Corolla
  9. Subaru Impreza
  10. Mazda Familia