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1. National context

1.1 AUS - Motor vehicle theft summary, 2017-10 to 2019-09
1.1
State or Territory2017-10 to 2018-092018-10 to 2019-09
% change
Theft rate per 1,000 registrations
Thefts% of theftsThefts% of thefts2017-10 to 2018-092018-10 to 2019-09
ACT1,1092.1%1,0921.9%-1.5%3.693.56
NSW12,08722.8%12,61922.2%4.4%2.162.22
NT8551.6%8001.4%-6.4%5.274.95
QLD11,89622.5%13,78424.2%15.9%2.803.17
SA3,0075.7%3,5986.3%19.7%2.012.37
TAS1,0412.0%1,1842.1%13.7%2.202.47
VIC15,51429.3%16,00428.2%3.2%3.043.07
WA7,42114.0%7,76513.7%4.6%3.243.37
AUS52,930100.0%56,846100.0%7.4%2.692.84

2. Trend over time

2.1 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts by 12 month periods and body type, 2014-10 to 2019-09

3. What was stolen?

3.1 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts by body group, 2018-10 to 2019-09 (solid colour) vs 2017-10 to 2018-09 (outline)
3.2 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts by year of manufacture, 2018-10 to 2019-09 (solid colour) vs 2017-10 to 2018-09 (outline)
3.3 AUS - Top motor vehicle theft targets, 2018-10 to 2019-09
Make model series year range2017-10 to 2018-092018-10 to 2019-09
Holden Commodore VE MY06_139461,030
Toyota Hilux MY05_11591665
Nissan Pulsar N15 MY95_00749613
Nissan Navara D40 MY05_15459484
Holden Commodore VY MY02_04531482
Ford Falcon BA MY02_05527453
Toyota Hilux MY12_15394448
Holden Commodore VZ MY04_06423434
Ford Ranger PX MY11+285392
Holden Captiva CG MY06+354389
Holden Commodore VX MY00_02461386
Toyota Hilux MY98_04384374
Holden Commodore VT MY97_00423354
Nissan Navara D22 MY01_15276351
Toyota Hilux MY15+178335
Ford Falcon FG MY08_14338318
Mazda 3 BK MY04_09279302
Nissan Patrol GU MY97+261302
Toyota Corolla ZRE182R MY12_18333300
Toyota Corolla ZRE152R MY07_14285293

4. Where were they stolen?

4.1 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts by top Local Government Areas (LGA), 2018-10 to 2019-09 vs 2017-10 to 2018-09
State or TerritoryLGA2017-10 to 2018-092018-10 to 2019-09% change
QLDBrisbane (City)2,5963,15321.5%
QLDGold Coast (City)1,8602,04810.1%
QLDLogan (City)1,2781,47015.0%
QLDMoreton Bay (Regional Council)9091,16828.5%
ACTGreater ACT1,1001,084-1.5%
VICHume (City)1,1151,019-8.6%
VICCasey (City)73285717.1%
QLDTownsville (City)63082631.1%
VICDarebin (City)6737257.7%
VICGreater Dandenong (City)6806921.8%

5. When were they stolen?

5.1 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts by time of day and day of week, 2018-10 to 2019-09
Earliest possible time of theftMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySundayUnknownTotal
00:00 - 03:591,2241,0429681,0511,0641,2461,33017,926
04:00 - 07:5980073373674280864261605,077
08:00 - 11:591,0679809931,0371,1121,11584907,153
12:00 - 15:591,1829841,0221,0611,3671,3971,12708,140
16:00 - 19:591,9171,7541,8401,8942,5222,1481,856013,931
20:00 - 23:591,9951,9391,9301,9362,2072,3492,263014,619
Total8,1857,4327,4897,7219,0808,8978,041156,846
5.2 AUS - Motor vehicle thefts using aoristic analysis, 2018-10 to 2019-09
Probability ~ Low High
Incident day of week000102030405060708091011121314151617181920212223
Monday0.12703560.12271960.1503130.083277190.15690880.30826570.55265030.70580970.83015010.83839420.90504950.92343030.80037960.94139840.87113360.90710480.8922570.91031580.82884570.79938950.69800210.69350220.46138660.3798259
Tuesday0.31856770.3075390.29139150.28520280.36698170.45252190.61915980.76527770.9282320.93647160.90829760.94614370.90229010.92350180.93096620.95902490.99355910.94064920.9435150.89009620.75707820.64458750.52406040.4590785
Wednesday0.36368720.3702080.39678260.40764940.48065660.48175420.63363780.84779940.89666070.92164210.95622980.91576010.98370680.92138930.97284630.98402390.98713930.87669060.85709610.77286920.65526520.51643790.4268852
Thursday0.32947950.33409020.39074730.3549610.45451120.47265910.71667150.83275520.97188120.95455930.93063720.9634230.88394370.93661350.93000020.95658330.95334990.86765620.89183880.796490.70567770.62680070.56262760.4415907
Friday0.40858710.35281990.38767590.33741330.42326560.43759980.63894640.83985140.91804140.91422160.93096420.93351210.8834510.92546720.91407320.87014060.89337880.88020840.770740.68679740.57960130.47225440.39386490.244687
Saturday0.27123210.21978740.1409270.22505480.30897570.33643790.46615730.67661170.81324520.84647220.8695090.94318440.88527180.93699390.89139470.84903350.85910440.80617990.66992770.62509240.49871950.36971750.28249960.149216
Sunday0.060235290.077053900.11712760.13911160.28436670.35522070.55989920.68920350.74943610.87380960.93671380.86430970.99530870.94651820.91438530.90398940.92356310.74229210.73227990.59256010.48604070.36545470.2606983

*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 October 2019 for all states/territories except for TAS which is at 30 September 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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