QUEENSLAND motorists are being urged to be keep calm when Christmas shopping after new RACQ data revealed the staggering number of insurance claims lodged in shopping centre carparks.
RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton said the insurer had received more than $73 million worth of claims for vehicle damage at shopping centres over the past three years.
“Our data shows December is one of the worst months for car thefts, crashes and malicious damage in shopping centre carparks due to the influx of people during the festive season,” Ms Clinton said.
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According to the research, 32 percent of Queenslanders have returned to their car spot after doing the shopping to find their vehicle is damaged.
Ms Clinton said there were a few simple things motorists could do to reduce the risk of vehicle damage and theft in carparks.
“Exercise simple courtesy to other motorists and always obey car park signage and normal road rules which apply in carparks,” she said.
“It’s also important to take the time to lock your vehicle, and don’t leave bags or other valuables in sight.
“And of course, treat your keys like cash – keep them on you in a safe, secure place when you’re out and about and never leave them in the engine.”