Queensland is car theft hotspot

There has been a dramatic rise in car thefts in Australia, and Queensland appears to have been particularly hard hit.

Some 11,300 vehicles were stolen by thieves in the state in the year ending March 2012, according to RACQ Insurance.

This was a 26 per cent increase on the previous one-year period.

In total, 12 per cent of Queenslanders have had their cars stolen in the past five years, with a large proportion of these thefts happening on car insurance customers' own driveways, the firm noted.

Speaking to Adelaide Now, one theft investigator claimed: "In higher socio-economic areas, where there are some very good cars, it's even easier pickings."

It has been estimated that car thefts in Queensland cost insurance holders $150 million in the year to March – an increase of $32 million on the previous 12-month period.

The rise in thefts could push up the cost of car insurance premiums for Aussies, who are also battling rising petrol prices.

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