Data shows favourite tar­gets for re­gional car thieves

Sunday News - - NEWS - JOHN AN­THONY

‘ Auck­land thieves lusted after the Mazda Fa­milia more than any other car.’ CHRISTO­PHER WALSH, LEFT

LIV­ING up to its stereo­type as a bo­gan hot spot, Waikato’s most stolen car is the Ford Fal­con.

Mean­while, in Can­ter­bury, own­ers of Toy­ota Hilux are most likely to be tar­geted by thieves, ac­cord­ing to anal­y­sis of po­lice data by fi­nan­cial com­par­i­son web­site

Can­ter­bury is also the sto­len­car cap­i­tal of the coun­try, with 831 ve­hi­cles stolen in the last six months of 2018. Across the coun­try there were 3642 cars stolen dur­ing that pe­riod. Tas­man had the fewest, with 51.

Na­tion­wide, Toy­ota Hilux, Subaru Legacy and Subaru Im­preza are the most stolen models (at least two ev­ery day) and Mon­day was the most com­mon day of the week for cars to be stolen or re­ported stolen.

Find­ings from MoneyHub’s in­sur­ance anal­y­sis out­line the ex­tra in­sur­ance costs of­ten as­so­ci­ated with own­ing a car more likely to be stolen.

MoneyHub’s se­nior re­search Christo­pher Walsh said thieves had dif­fer­ent pref­er­ences around the coun­try. ‘‘Auck­land thieves lusted after the Mazda Fa­milia ... But in Waikato, the Ford Fal­con was the most stolen car, and in Southland and Otago thieves pre­ferred the Honda Civic,’’ Walsh said. In Welling­ton, the Mit­subishi Lancer was most favoured, while the Toy­ota Hilux was pop­u­lar with thieves all over the coun­try. In Can­ter­bury there were 68 Toy­ota Hilux stolen in a six-month win­dow.

Own­ers of Toy­ota Hilux, Subaru Im­preza or Subaru Legacy could pay a lot more for in­sur­ance than for models less in de­mand by thieves, he said.

MoneyHub re­search found that poli­cies for the same car in Auck­land could cost twice as much for those in the re­gions.

The type of roads in a re­gion could also af­fect pre­mi­ums.

It also found that the cost of in­sur­ing a car in New Zealand con­tin­ued to climb much faster than in­fla­tion.

Car own­ers could save as much as 15 per cent on their car in­sur­ance by elect­ing to pay an­nu­ally in­stead of monthly, it said.

Otago and Southland had the low­est num­ber stolen cars per capita and Can­ter­bury, North­land and Coun­ties Manakau had the high­est rate per capita.

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