Car theft ‘out of con­trol’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IN­SURANCE claims for stolen cars dropped slightly in Cairns last year fol­low­ing a 91.7 per cent surge in 2015.

RACQ data re­veals ve­hi­cle theft claims hit $445,000 for the Cairns re­gion last year, de­spite a 4.3 per cent over­all drop in cases.

In the mean­time, there was a 19.5 per cent in­crease across the state, in­clud­ing a 57 per cent jump in in­surance claims for Townsville.

About 5.1 per cent of all RACQ mo­tor theft claims over the last three years were in the Cairns re­gion.

There was also a 183.3 per cent in­crease in the cost of claims for stolen car au­dio or other parts in 2015, fol­lowed by a 11.8 per cent de­crease last year.

Op­po­si­tion at­tor­ney-gen­eral spokesman Ian Walker fo­cused on the two-year in­crease in Cairns claims costs – up 154.1 per cent – which sug­gested thieves were tar­get­ing more ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cles.

He said Chil­dren’s Court fig­ures re­vealed the same 10 per cent of Far North young of­fend­ers were re­spon­si­ble for 42 per cent of all crimes and car theft was not the only crime cat­e­gory on the rise in re­cent years.

“Crime, such as car theft, is spi­ralling out of con­trol in Cairns and the whole com­mu­nity is pay­ing the price through in­creased pre­mi­ums,” he said.

“Over the past year in Cairns as­saults in­creased by 13.6 per cent, rob­bery by 27.8 per cent, un­law­ful en­try (break-ins) by 8.8 per cent and car theft by 28.3 per cent.

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