If you’re a farmer or construction worker, it’s best to lock up your equipment, according to a new infographic by Compare the Market.
Grand Theft Australia: a snapshot of stolen vehicles in 2013 reveals that thieves are taking on much grander pursuits for the thrill of a quick joy ride. In the 2012/13 financial year, 59 tractors, 43 forklifts and one crane were stolen from farm and building sites around the country.
While the infographic reveals that almost 75% of vehicles of all shapes and sizes are eventually recovered, the remaining number of vehicles not recovered highlights the emerging underground car scrap metal industry. At least 50 vehicles per week are stolen for the sole purpose of converting to scrap metal, where 20 vehicles per week are exported overseas – for most likely the same activity.
While both short-term and profit-motivated thefts have decreased, the infographic highlights the increase in residential thefts, with thieves accessing car keys by breaking into homes. This statistic unravels the common belief that a garaged car is safe.