Melbourne's West Tops The State's Favourites For Car Thieves: RACV Photo:
Mike Stevens | May, 29 2012 | 0 Comments

Melbourne's western and inner suburbs are Victoria's riskiest region for parked cars, new figures from insurer RACV reveal this week.

According to new data, 12 percent of all car theft claims lodged by RACV members in the past year occurred in the western suburbs of St Albans, Taylors Lakes, Laverton, Sydenham and Sunshine.

Moving to the inner suburbs, 10 percent of all metropolitan car theft claims related to Richmond, South Yarra, St Kilda and the CBD. The Melbourne CBD accounted for one-in-ten theft claims.

Holden's Commodore and the Ford Falcon remain the objects of desire for most thieves, making up a huge 26 percent of all claims.

The Toyota Camry and Corolla, along with the Ford Laser and Nissan Pulsar, also proved attractive.

The data also showed that 34 percent of claimants indicated that their car was stolen between the daylight hours of 6am and midday.

RACV's Paul Northey said that contrary to popular belief, daylight hours remain the most popular time for car theft.

“While many motorists would believe their car is more likely to be stolen at night, the period between midnight and 6am is the least popular time period for car theft, accounting for just 15 percent of claims.”


RACV's Top Ten Regions For Theft Claims

Regions Suburbs

Percentage of total claims

Western Melbourne St Albans, Taylors Lake, Laverton, Sydenham, Sunshine


Inner Melbourne Richmond, Melbourne, South Yarra, St Kilda


Northern Middle Melbourne Preston, Reservoir, Bundoora, Northcote


South Eastern Outer Melbourne Cranbourne, Pakenham, Berwick, Narre Warren


Southern Melbourne Cheltenham, Chelsea, Armadale, Carnegie


Eastern Middle Melbourne Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley, Oakleigh, Burwood


Melton-Wyndham Hoppers Crossing, Werribee, Melton, Wyndham Vale


Hume Craigieburn, Roxburgh Park, Sunbury, Broadmeadows


Greater Geelong Geelong, East Geelong, Norlane, Belmont


Moreland Coburg, Brunswick, Glenroy, Fawkner, Brunswick East


All other Victorian regions


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