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1. National context

1.1 AUS - Motor vehicle theft summary, 2017/18 to 2018/19
1.1
State or Territory2017/182018/19
% change
Theft rate per 1,000 registrations
Thefts% of theftsThefts% of thefts2017/182018/19
ACT1,2582.4%1,0301.9%-18.1%4.183.36
NSW12,06722.9%12,32522.3%2.1%2.152.16
NT8821.7%8561.5%-2.9%5.445.30
QLD11,64322.1%13,39824.2%15.1%2.743.08
SA3,0085.7%3,4036.2%13.1%2.012.24
TAS1,0472.0%1,1902.2%13.7%2.212.48
VIC15,17428.8%15,49028.0%2.1%2.972.97
WA7,59414.4%7,60113.7%0.1%3.313.30
AUS52,673100.0%55,293100.0%5.0%2.682.76

2. Trend over time

2.1 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts by financial year and body type, 2014/15 to 2018/19

3. What was stolen?

3.1 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts by body group, 2018/19 (solid colour) vs 2017/18 (outline)
3.2 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts by year of manufacture, 2018/19 (solid colour) vs 2017/18 (outline)
3.3 AUS - Top motor vehicle theft targets, 2018/19
Make model series year range2017/182018/19
Holden Commodore VE MY06_139041,011
Toyota Hilux MY05_11589677
Nissan Pulsar N15 MY95_00742664
Holden Commodore VY MY02_04534494
Nissan Navara D40 MY05_15458475
Ford Falcon BA MY02_05525465
Toyota Hilux MY12_15384437
Holden Commodore VX MY00_02467420
Holden Commodore VZ MY04_06431419
Holden Captiva CG MY06+319387
Holden Commodore VT MY97_00462367
Ford Ranger PX MY11+260366
Toyota Hilux MY98_04382362
Nissan Navara D22 MY01_15264331
Ford Falcon FG MY08_14345325
Toyota Corolla ZRE182R MY12_18311303
Holden Commodore VF MY13_17363298
Toyota Hilux MY15+152292
Mazda 3 BK MY04_09286291
Toyota Corolla ZRE152R MY07_14288291

4. Where were they stolen?

4.1 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts by top Local Government Areas (LGA), 2018/19 vs 2017/18
State or TerritoryLGA2017/182018/19% change
QLDBrisbane (City)2,5172,94917.2%
QLDGold Coast (City)1,8521,9887.3%
QLDLogan (City)1,1951,42519.2%
QLDMoreton Bay (Regional Council)8461,21043.0%
VICHume (City)1,0371,0370.0%
ACTGreater ACT1,2491,021-18.3%
VICCasey (City)68090733.4%
QLDTownsville (City)69379314.4%
VICGreater Dandenong (City)6656974.8%
VICWhittlesea (City)6416836.6%

5. When were they stolen?

5.1 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts by time of day and day of week, 2018/19
Earliest possible time of theftMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayUnknownTotal
00:00 - 03:591,1631,0469329881,0391,2101,29917,678
04:00 - 07:5973974774573576865159904,984
08:00 - 11:599889589461,0001,0771,08085606,905
12:00 - 15:591,1219431,0181,0381,3361,3971,09707,950
16:00 - 19:591,7921,7071,7921,8572,4412,1071,748013,444
20:00 - 23:591,9151,9281,8841,9392,1672,3352,164014,332
Total7,7187,3297,3177,5578,8288,7807,763155,293
5.2 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts using aoristic analysis, 2018/19
Probability ~ Low High
Incident day of week000102030405060708091011121314151617181920212223
Monday0.17701790.19895510.21027350.17032940.22986350.32774090.6073920.7414770.85269640.89575740.95332130.93898650.83150150.93990040.90495930.95388690.96083310.91162970.88653830.85308970.7336920.71492640.49996070.4189408
Tuesday0.31562280.34036150.30696020.35631690.38659050.43293130.65790470.78253280.92638160.9269840.91350570.93894150.89767920.94321930.96351580.93043680.98839250.93115710.93453730.85951610.76794380.65742680.52564840.4482828
Wednesday0.3729890.36720060.40003550.41098480.46659720.49899930.61558920.82296230.92026140.950163710.95909820.87885760.97630830.93240320.94722750.97970130.9710420.90130630.86184570.74915360.68501270.53429910.448328
Thursday0.34279560.39896670.41218250.37500840.47962070.47642430.73287760.83492790.97327040.94733820.96823870.96389420.85411360.95723060.94349460.96951870.92988820.86623440.85967670.79524330.69509340.61804970.54220310.466346
Friday0.39907290.40043120.39728460.34787820.43308760.45902810.68234450.84379990.93517710.9502090.96580140.92571710.8908570.90281460.89431850.88941940.91442950.88379490.76869010.67512970.57725290.50731650.42228850.2784948
Saturday0.28548530.25787930.2005070.2879690.29120760.36427890.50528230.71054930.81883720.85393330.87558260.91224660.86556130.92800770.86082270.85710260.87204430.83030830.70670970.63945910.51490090.38464470.27841920.1344207
Sunday0.078731480.0646583800.13073620.13744280.2874840.35836490.56296530.68045190.7663470.89299940.89867620.86002890.9667760.94737940.90767430.91505150.93062230.79999290.76699040.61798940.50057480.41105710.3076312

*Short term thefts are defined as motor vehicles that were stolen and recovered, profit motivated thefts were those stolen and not recovered. Recovery status is as at 31 July 2019 for all states/territories except for TAS which is at 30 June 2019.

Recovery data used in this report has been adjusted for the number of missing vehicles that are expected to be recovered up to a year after the close of the data period. This adjustment has the effect of moving a percentage of vehicles from the profit motivated (not recovered category) to the short term (recovered category) in the last period.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) acknowledges all police services, registration authorities, participating insurers, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries, Glass’s Information Services and Insurance Australia Group for the supply of the data on which this report is complied. Theft incident data may be subject to later revision by the data providers. This work is copyright. Material may be reproduced for personal, non-commercial use or for use within your organisation with attribution to the NMVTRC (carsafe.com.au). © 2019 NMVTRC. All rights reserved.

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