RAA reveals the most stolen vehicle for 2013

As many fleet managers understand, the theft or loss of a vehicle can have a significant effect on the day-to-day running of the organisation. Vehicles are one of the most important assets the company owns, so knowing what to do to limit the possibility of this occurring is half the battle.

The Royal Automobile Association (RAA) has taken some of the guess work out of this issue by releasing statistics indicating the most stolen vehicle in South Australia in 2013. According to the association, the majority of vehicles taken were large passenger vehicles, with more than 350 Holden Commodores stolen during the year.

This was closely followed by the Hyundai Excel X3 and the Ford Falcon.

RAA Senior Manager Mobility and Automotive Policy, Mark Borlace​, said these vehicles are chosen because thieves are trained on specific models.

"They're also targeted for a reason, whether they can sell the car's parts illegally or use the vehicle for a short period of time," he said.

Mr Borlace offered some advice to fleet managers in relation to keeping their vehicles safe, such as installing an immobiliser or an alarm.

"You can reduce the risk of your car being stolen by parking in safe, secure spaces where possible and never leaving any doors unlocked or windows slightly down," he said.

"A common thing that also entices thieves is the sight of possessions such as a phone or wallet left in a car, so even if you're only leaving your car for a short amount of time - take any valuable possessions with you."

It would also be helpful if fleet managers install sufficient security lighting, CCTV or patrols around their premises. This would help prevent vehicle crime and would secure the location against burglary as well.