Car theft ‘out of control’
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.