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Toyota and Isuzu trucks high on thieves’ list

If you own a Toyota or Isuzu truck you're more likely to have it knocked off, according to new figures

By Ruza Zivkusic | March 29, 2011

If you own a Toyota or Isuzu truck then chances are you are more likely to have it knocked off, according to new figures

More than 580 Toyota trucks and 215 Isuzu heavy vehicles were stolen last year, according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) figures.

NMVTRC Executive Director Ray Carroll is urging drivers to lock their vehicles even if they’re stepping away from them for only a couple of minutes.

“They need to be aware that theft takes place,” Carroll says.

“People who don’t experience a theft after driving for many years may well become complacent about the security of their truck and load.

“They need to increase their awareness, particularly with some of the larger prime mover trucks where it’s preferable to keep the engine idling when you’re not actually in the truck.”

Melbourne’s north-western industrial area, Hume City, is Victoria’s top place for thieves stealing trucks, where 19 vehicles were snatched last year.

And it seems that thieves prefer to steal them later in the afternoon between 4pm and 8pm.

“One of the major reasons why vehicles are stolen from the Hume area is that it has a lot of warehouses and trucking businesses. It’s an opportunity and thieves gravitate where there’s an opportunity where trucks are parked and stored,” Carroll says.

Most thieves steal the trucks because of the cargo and later dump the vehicles, he says.

“Some of the large prime movers that aren’t found are stolen for cannibalisation for parts which are put back into the black market. The economic motive for stealing vehicles hasn’t declined at all.

Isuzu marketing manager Jeff Birdseye says Isuzu trucks are stolen because they are the top selling and most popular brand.

“We’ve been in the market for over 22 years and there’s a lot more Isuzu trucks out there than any other brand on Australian roads,” Birdseye says.

“I would say they are being stolen in direct proportion to the number of sales because of the competitors and I would also suggest that most of those trucks would be much older models than we are currently selling.”

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