A car has more chances of being stolen if its occupants are carrying valuables than if they are parked, according to a new report.
Key points:The study found car valuers tend to carry more than those parkedA car’s occupants have a better chance of being robbed if it’s parked, and the rate of car theft has risen in recent yearsThere is also a correlation between the location of the car and the risk of theftThe report also found that in recent decades, car owners have tended to be more likely to be car valuers, while parking was the least likely activity to cause a theft.
But now, it is possible for the same vehicle to be stolen from multiple locations, the researchers say.
The study, published by the University of Melbourne and the University at Buffalo, found that the likelihood of a vehicle being stolen increased the closer the owner was to their home.
“This finding is consistent with previous research, which shows that the proximity of a car’s owner to their location is a predictor of the likelihood that a vehicle will be stolen,” said lead author Dr Lisa Clements.
“For example, when a car owner is parked near a supermarket, but the grocery store is about 10 minutes away, the likelihood they will be the victim of a theft is lower than when they are close to their car.”
Our study has shown that car valuer activity is linked to the likelihood a vehicle is stolen, but this correlation does not change if a car is parked close to the property.
“Dr Clements said the research also showed that the more time that a car was parked, the less likely it was to be used for theft.”
We found that when the car was only parked for a few minutes, a car could be stolen more often than when it was parked for hours or days,” she said.”
It’s likely that this could be due to the fact that the owners are less likely to steal cars when they’re parked at home.
“The researchers also found a correlation existed between a vehicle’s owner and the likelihood the vehicle would be stolen.”
The owner of a parked vehicle was associated with a significantly higher likelihood of being the victim and the owner of an unattended vehicle was also associated with significantly higher odds of being a victim of theft,” they said.
This finding may suggest that owners may be more concerned about a car being stolen, rather than the car itself, than the risk.”
Although this study suggests that vehicle owners have a greater propensity to be involved in vehicle theft than other residents, this could just reflect a lack of knowledge of car ownership and the potential risk of car thieves,” Dr Clements added.
The report found that car theft is increasing in Australia, with car ownership rates at a record low, with some 20 per cent of households reporting that they had lost their cars in the past year.”
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Our research has shown, however, that car owners are more likely than other citizens to report that they own a car and that their vehicle has become a vehicle of opportunity.”
Topics:crime,crime-prevention,public-sector,police,law-crime-and-justice,federal—state-issues,victoria-4305,southport-4215,australiaContact Dr Martin Bain on 0409 828 731 or [email protected]