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How is the risk rating calculated?
The star rating is based on the theft rate per 10,000 registered passenger/light commercial (PLC) vehicles manufactured from 1993 onwards, with each vehicle requiring at least 1,000 registrations nationally at 31 December 2015 to be included.
Thefts counted were reported to the Police during 2015/16.
The medium risk category is between 1 and 2 times the low risk category.
The high risk category is more than 2 times the low risk category.
The ratings are based on stolen vehicles and do not reflect the security features of individual vehicles. Vehicles with the best security features can be stolen if the owner does not protect their keys!
Vehicles with a small number of thefts may have a high risk rating if there are a low number of registrations.
>=7.5 and < 15.0
>=15.0 and < 22.5
>=22.5 and < 30.0
>=30.0 and < 37.5
>=37.5 and < 45.0
>=45.0 and < 52.5
>=52.5 and < 60.0
>=60.0 and < 67.5
Summary for 2015/16
Actual theft rates are due to a number of factors. For example, desirability may result in a vehicle with good security features having a high theft risk rating.
Here are some tips to reduce your risk of theft:
Protect your keys - Australian Standard 4601:1999 immobilisers are fitted to all cars built after 2001, but offer no protection if a thief has access to your keys.
Park wisely - Use secure off street parking facilities where possible. At night, park in a well lit area.
Remove temptation - When leaving your vehicle, close all windows, lock all doors and take the keys with you. Never leave valuable items in sight.