Living in a car theft "hot spot"

The Brisbane Times today has an article on South-East Queensland's car theft hot spots.

The worst locations for car theft are on the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane and in Ipswich. "Most stolen cars are used for joyrides, to commit crimes or just for transport," he said. "Usually they're dumped reasonably close by but often they're severely damaged." Motor vehicle theft in Queensland has risen 7 per cent from the previous year, with Southport, Surfers Paradise, Biggera Waters and Ipswich the hardest-hit local government areas. Older cars without mobilisers are frequently stolen, with early 1990s model Commodores hot property.

You know that feeling you get when it seems like something was written about you, specifically? My car was stolen earlier this year, joy-ridden and dumped relatively close with enough damage for insurance to write it off. I live in Southport, and my car was a 1989 VN Commodore Wagon.


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