No local concern at car crime

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

YANNI Maltabes is not concerned about his car being stolen or damaged, and he's not alone.

According to the latest AAMI Car Security Index, only 17 per cent of Central Queensland drivers are concerned about car-related crime.

Yanni said his 1995 Mitsubishi Lancer was fitted with a Microtech computer, which meant if someone did gain access to his vehicle, it would be highly unlikely they would be able to turn it on.

'I got a fine for not locking my car one day because I just left it with the keys in it and it was unlocked, but I don't think anyone would steal it,' he said.

He said while his car had an immobiliser, central locking and keyless entry, he did not look for safety features when buying his vehicle.

'Even though it's got a lot of features, I wouldn't expect it to be stolen in Gladstone ? maybe in Brisbane they're more likely to go missing, but not here,' he said.

The 2005 AAMI Car Security Index found more than 70 per cent of Central Queenslanders were not concerned about car invasion.

The study also found only 21 per cent of Central Queensland drivers lock their doors while driving, the lowest rate in the state.



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