AA Insurance Releases List of Most Stolen Cars in Bay of Plenty
Eastern Bay vehicle owners are encouraged to be extra vigilant about car security.
The message comes as AA Insurance released data showing the cars most likely to be stolen across the Bay of Plenty.
It shows motor vehicle theft and attempted thefts rose 28% in the Bay of Plenty region, over the last 12 months.
Across the country, motor vehicle theft and attempted theft increased by 36.5%, in the same time period.
AA Insurance Head of Motor Claims Beau Paparoa says, the numbers are a timely reminder for car owners to be extra vigilant about the security of their vehicle.
"Simple security measures like a steering wheel lock can be an effective deterrent against thieves looking for a quick smash and dash," Paparoa says.
He's encouraging people to be extra vigilant about car security, particularly if the car is routinely parked on the street.
AA Insurance's list of most frequently stolen cars in the Bay of Plenty over the last year:
• Mazda Demio
• Nissan Tiida
• Mazda Atenza
• Toyota Corolla
• Toyota Aqua
In addition, the Atenza, Demio, Tiida and Aqua account for four of the five most stolen cars, nationwide.