The latest theft stats from the RAA suggest that thieves have a preference when it comes to stealing cars and green seems to be the most popular.
Monash University's Accident Research Centre found that at a rate of 3.58/1000 green cars top the list for robbers.
That was followed by 2.96 black, 2.81 red and 2.65 for white (the most common colour among cars).
RAA Insurance Claims Manager Hayley Cain said "we're surprised there is a correlation between vehicle colour and theft - who knew crooks had preferences".
The following list of precautions could help reduce your chance of vehicle theft.
- park in your garage or carport, not on the road
- setup sensor lights in your driveway as a deterrent
- if you must park on roads, park in well-lit areas
- always lock your vehicle, even if you're only leaving it for a couple of minutes
- remove items of value from sight and use your car alarm if you have one
- make sure your vehicle is insured against theft
The three top theft targets in terms of brand seemed to be the Nissan Pulsar, Holden Commodore VE and Holden Commodore VT.
Research found that a green Pulsar is the most popular colour for profit-motivated thefts of this make and model but for short-term thefts (joyriding or to commit other crimes) red cars are used more often.
A black Commodore VE is favoured by thieves while if your green VT has been stolen it's most likely to be the victim of a short-term theft and a black VT the culprit is more likely looking to make a profit.