The Mazda Demio may be the most stolen car in Canterbury, but on a national scale, thieves are targeting Subaru vehicles more than any other.
Figures sourced over the last four months show that the Subaru Legacy and Impreza have become prime targets across the country.
From January to April, Subarus have taken the unwanted top-spot for most vehicles stolen in Northland, Auckland, Counties Manukau, the Bay of Plenty, Eastern, Central, Wellington and Tasman.
In Waitemata and Waikato, the Mazda Familia is the most widely targeted vehicle, while the Southern region records confirm the Holden is top of theives' hit-list.
Prevention Manager Superintendent Eric Tibbott says: “It’s worth noting that the cars on this list are quite common cars in New Zealand – therefore it is expected that the frequency would be higher.
"We all have a part to play in preventing crimes like car theft by securing our own property,
looking out for neighbours, and keeping an eye out for suspicious activity in our communities.
"Car owners can help themselves by locking their cars and taking keys with them.
"When people call in an offence like car theft or unlawfully interfering with vehicles, where the offender is still present, the response is immediate.
"We are committed to dedicating staff and technology to prevention and investigation.
“People if they can, should try and thwart thieves by protecting their vehicles with anti-theft devices, and or by parking cars in garages or carports."