New insurance claims figures released by Victoria's RACV this week shows that car thieves prefer the morning shift, and the Holden Commodore remains a favourite for crooks.
The hours between 6am and midday proved the most popular time to pinch a car, with 35 percent of claims in the past year indicating theft during these times.
Early to bed and early to rise seems to be the motto for most car thieves, with only 14 percent of thefts occurring between midnight and 6am.
The data showed that the region with the highest risk of car theft is western Melbourne, with 13 per cent of all claims lodged taking place in suburbs such as St Albans, Footscray and Essendon.
Inner Melbourne suburbs such as St Kilda, Melbourne and Richmond also recorded a high number of claims for stolen vehicles, as did the south-eastern outer Melbourne suburbs such as Cranbourne, Hampton Park, Narre Warren and Pakenham.
The Holden Commodore topped the list of popular cars to nab, with 198 claims in the past 12 months. The Ford Falcon followed with 107 claims.
“Older cars can be targeted because of their minimal security. However an older car can be fitted with an engine immobiliser for as little as $200, which is a simple way to deter thieves," RACV Insurance Acting General Manager, Bob McGuinness said.