Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


AA Helps Stop Car Thieves in their Tracks

Media Release: August 27 2006

AA Helps Stop Car Thieves in their Tracks

The AA is launching AA Vehicle Security to help combat the rising number of car thefts and to reassure motorists their vehicles are unlikely to be targeted next.

“Last year alone over 22,000 vehicles were reported stolen, with another 50,000 vehicles broken into throughout New Zealand. On average that means every seven minutes a car is stolen or damaged somewhere in the country due to theft,” says Jack Biddle, AA’s Technical Advice Manager.

“Vehicle theft in all forms is on the increase, and with the launch of AA Vehicle Security we want to impose a strong deterrent that will help stop car thieves in their tracks. The AA recognises it has a responsibility to all motorists and wants to help Kiwis protect what is - for most, their second most valuable asset.”

Car theft is also an increasing issue for Insurance companies, costing them a staggering $130million a year. In turn, these costs also hit the consumers, either through first hand experience of car theft or through increasing premiums to cover the loss.

“Whilst common sense is a factor that must always be applied to car security we certainly support any initiative that will assist car owners to reduce the risk of theft and deter opportunistic thieves,” says Chris Curtin, General Manager of AA Insurance.

“As a driving nation, vehicles are valuable assets for most New Zealanders. While the fitting of a security system is never a guarantee, evidence suggests that systems like this can reduce the chances of your vehicle being stolen. Insurance companies welcome anything that reduces the cost of claims as this will ultimately assist in keeping premiums lower for our customers,” says Mr Curtin.

AA Vehicle Security was established due to a partnership between the AA and Dynatron Security Systems, who have over 13 years of industry experience. An approved network of installers throughout the country ensures that each security system is fitted and will operate as it was designed.

Consumers need to be picky about the type of security their car has, as some systems act as nothing more than a deterrent, says Ron Campbell, Managing Director of Dynatron.

“With AA Vehicle Security we take it one step further giving motorists that peace of mind,” he says. AA Vehicle Security is a ‘state-of-the-art’ electronic vehicle immobiliser and alarm system. It comes stock standard with not just one, but two immobilisers – one for the ignition and one for the fuel pump to keep petrol thieves away,” he says.

Of the 70,000-plus vehicles that were broken into or stolen last year just 10.8% of these thefts were solved, meaning there is only a one-in-nine chance of someone every being charged.

“We can reassure motorists this is a trusted solution we have tried and tested personally, as the entire AA Roadservice fleet has been fitted with this security system for the past two years,” says the AA’s Jack Biddle.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


I Sing The Highway Electric: Charge Net NZ To Connect New Zealand

BMW is turning Middle Earth electric after today announcing a substantial contribution to the charging network Charge Net NZ. This landmark partnership will enable Kiwis to drive their electric vehicles (EVs) right across New Zealand through the installation of a fast charging highway stretching from Kaitaia to Invercargill. More>>


Watch This Space: Mahia Rocket Lab Launch Site Officially Opened

Economic Development Minster Steven Joyce today opened New Zealand’s first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island’s east coast. More>>


Marketing Rocks!
Ig Nobel Award Winners Assess The Personality Of Rocks

A Massey University marketing lecturer has received the 2016 Ig Nobel Prize for economics for a research project that asked university students to describe the “brand personalities” of three rocks. More>>


Nurofen Promotion: Reckitt Benckiser To Plead Guilty To Misleading Ads

Reckitt Benckiser (New Zealand) intends to plead guilty to charges of misleading consumers over the way it promoted a range of Nurofen products, the Commerce Commission says. More>>


Half A Billion Accounts, Including Xtra: Yahoo Confirms Huge Data Breach

The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast majority with bcrypt) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers. More>>


Rural Branches: Westpac To Close 19 Branches, ANZ Looks At 7

Westpac confirms it will close nineteen branches across the country; ANZ closes its Ngaruawahia branch and is consulting on plans to close six more branches; The bank workers union says many of its members are nervous about their futures and asking ... More>>

Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 2%

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 2 percent and said more easing will be needed to get inflation back within the target band. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news