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Publications.

Our newsletters Theft Watch, Theft Torque and Theft Matters.

Also the NMVTRC annual report, strategic plan and other reports including the technical guide for the classification of write-offs.

Newsletters

Theft watch publication header
The NMVTRC's quarterly statistics
based newsletter.

Sep 2017- Issue 63
June 2017- Issue 62
Apr 2017- Issue 61
Dec 2016 - Issue 60

Theft torque publication header
The NMVTRC's quarterly update
on theft reform activities.
July 2017 - Issue 56
July 2016 - Issue 55
Dec 2015 - Issue 54
Aug 2015 - Issue 53

Regular reports

Front cover of annual report
The NMVTRC annual report summarises theft reform activity for the year.

Annual Report 2016
Annual Report 2015
Annual Report 2014
Annual Report 2013
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The NMVTRC strategic plan outlines a range of initiatives and countermeasures.

Strategic Plan 2016
Strategic Plan 2015
Strategic Plan 2014
Strategic Plan 2013

General reports

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Infographics

Research Reports

Released: September 2017

This comprehensive national report contains key motor vehicle theft statistics for the last five years and short term and profit motivated theft sections.
Released: February 2017

Does the colour of your car have an impact on safety and security? Research has shown that there is a distinct relationship between vehicle colour and crash risk+. The NMVTRC’s CARS project conducted analysis to determine any relationship between vehicle colour and theft and found that overall, there appears to be some association between vehicle colour and theft when it comes to stealing a vehicle for profit.
Released: September 2016

This comprehensive national report contains key motor vehicle theft statistics for the last five years and short term and profit motivated theft sections.
Released: December 2015

Tackling motorcycle theft poses a number of unique challenges. Their portability and demand for parts makes them frequent theft targets with unsecured motorcycles able to be quickly wheeled away without being started or in the case of lighter bikes such as scooters, lifted into a van by just one person. Similarly, minimal in-built security means that unlike modern passenger vehicles that have self-arming immobilisers, motorcycles rely on rider intervention to secure the bike. This report summarises a motorcycle theft victim survey that assessed owner awareness of theft issues, the use of security practises and security behaviour changes after theft.
Released: October 2015

This comprehensive national report contains key motor vehicle theft statistics for the last five years and short term and profit motivated theft sections.
Released: March 2015

Profit-motivated theft is defined as vehicles stolen for conversion to profit as a whole vehicle or as separated parts through various illegal methods. In South Australia in 2014, there were $4.5 million profit-motivated passenger/light commercial (PLC) vehicle thefts.
Released: February 2015

Reported heavy motor vehicle thefts represent only 4 percent of Australia's overall motor vehicle theft problem. The commercial implications and high value of these vehicles means their loss has a significant impact on their owners and insurers. Heavy vehicles are categorised by CARS as generally having a gross vehicle mass of more than 3.5 tonnes and exclude buses.

Australia recorded a 38 per cent decrease in motor vehicle thefts in the period 2004-2014, while reported heavy vehicle thefts increased by 23 per cent in the same period. The increase in heavy vehicle thefts was largely due to a 45 per cent rise in plant and equipment thefts. By comparison, thefts of heavy trucks increased by 12 per cent. In 2014, the total estimated value of reported heavy vehicles stolen was $51.2 million.
Released: November 2014

Thinking of buying a used car? Two very important features to consider are safety in terms of both avoiding and when involved in a crash and the car's risk of theft. We've made that easy by putting our CARS theft risk rating together with the used car safety rating published by Monash University and the VSRG.
Released: February 2014

International research suggests that crime in general, and particularly motor vehicle theft is closely related to socio-economic status (Copes 1999, Walsh and Taylor, 2007). This study examined the relationship between motor vehicle theft and socio-economic status in Australia.
Released: January 2014

For many Australians, a motor vehicle is one of their most important possessions. This study analyses whether the attraction of many drivers to high performance vehicles also results in a greater attraction to thieves. It compares the theft rates of high performance vehicles with their standard performance counterparts. Vehicle profile, recovery rates and geographical differences across Australia were also analysed.
Released: March 2013

Arson of stolen vehicles is largely associated with insurance fraud, the destruction of forensic evidence, and for fun/thrill seeking. It adds substantially to the overall cost of motor vehicle theft to the community. This report profiles arson incidents involving stolen vehicles in both New South Wales (NSW) and South Australia (SA).
Released: October 2008 - Size: 164kb

This peer reviewed paper was presented at the High Risk Road Users. Motivating behaviour change: what works and what doesn't work? conference (Australasian College of Road Safety and Travelsafe Committee, 18-19 September 2008). This study was the second in a series and matched New South Wales road crash data with vehicle theft data, to identify crashes involving vehicles reported stolen at the time of the incident. In 2006/07 there were 560 crashes involving vehicle theft, accounting for 1.2% of all road crashes. During the same period, six fatalities and 146 injuries were linked to crashes involving a stolen vehicle. An estimate of the cost of crashes involving vehicle theft was $43.6 million or an average cost of $53,600 per crash (based on 2003 data). Findings revealed in this study may help in development of effective strategies to reduce the impact of motor vehicle theft and improve safety on our roads.
Released: September 2008 - Size: 254kb

Published in the Journal of the Southern Rural Sociological Association 2008; Vol. 23, Number 2, pp 54-77, the aim of this research was to identify the extent of commercial and farm vehicle theft in Australia and to explore the theft profile of these vehicles in urban and rural areas. While passenger vehicle and light commercial vehicle (PLC) theft in Australia has decreased significantly since 2001, theft of commercial and farm vehicles has remained constant. Nonetheless, theft of commercial and farm vehicles in rural areas has a significant impact on the owners in terms of loss of income and means of transport. In the 2006/07 financial year, the estimated value of commercial and farm vehicle theft in Australia was $164.2 million.
Released: May 2008 - Size: 3,361kb

Published in the Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety 2008; Vol. 19, Number 2, pp 38-46, this study examined the incidence of road crashes involving motor vehicle theft in South Australia over a 12-year period. The study found that 3,774 crashes involved a stolen vehicle, equating to an average of almost one crash per day. These crashes resulted in 835 casualties including 24 fatalities. The estimated cost of damage to property in crashes involving vehicle theft in 2006 was $2 million with an average cost of $7,330 per crash. When the additional human, vehicle and general costs are considered, the true cost of collisions involving vehicle crime is estimated at around $17 million per year (based on crashes in 2004).
Released: January 2008 - Size: 253kb

This report examines sentencing trends in South Australia from 1990 to 2005 in relation to adult motor vehicle theft offenders and includes a comparison of the rate of custodial sentences between South Australia, Western Australia and New South Wales.
Released: January 2008 - Size: 299kb

This paper investigates offender motivation for stealing motor vehicles. The paper features two separate sections, a literature review and a series of offender interviews, both of which investigate reasons for offenders first becoming involved in motor vehicle theft, for maintaining their involvement, and ultimately ceasing their offending.
Released: May 2007 - Size: 600kb

Arson of stolen vehicles is largely associated with insurance fraud and the destruction of forensic evidence, and adds substantially to the overall cost of motor vehicle theft to the community. This report provides a profile of arson incidents involving stolen vehicles in both New South Wales and South Australia.

Findings indicate that arson of stolen vehicles increased steadily in South Australia in recent years, but remained more stable in New South Wales. However, arson of stolen vehicles remained a larger problem in New South Wales, with 11.0% of vehicles stolen in the 2005/06 financial year being later recovered burnt, compared with 8.6% in South Australia. A large proportion of stolen vehicle arson incidents in 2005/06 occurred in Sydney's western and south-western suburbs, and in Adelaide's northern suburbs.

This report also features data from the New South Wales fire services regarding incendiary and suspicious vehicle fires in New South Wales. Implications for targeting this costly crime are discussed.
Released: April 2007 - Size: 86kb

This brief report updates the 2001 study by CARS on the effectiveness of different types of immobilisers in preventing vehicle theft. Using Australian passenger/light commercial theft data for 2006, the report shows that vehicles with an Australian Standard (AS) Immobiliser have the lowest theft rate, which is a similar finding to the earlier study.
Released: January 2007 - Size: 79kb

This summary document outlines a study investigating the impact that compulsory immobilisation of new passenger vehicles has on the motor vehicle theft profile in Australia. Brown & Thomas (2003) investigated the effect of compulsory immobilisation in the UK and concluded that although immobilisers were effective in reducing vehicle theft rates overall, there was some evidence of displacement toward theft of older, non-immobilised vehicles.

This study replicates the method of Brown & Thomas using Australian CARS data, and shows that immobilisers are associated with a strong decline in motor vehicle theft in Australia in recent years. There is also some evidence of displacement toward older vehicles, particularly for unrecovered thefts. Improvements in vehicle security are thought to account for the displacement among newer vehicles. This is consistent with the 'reduced-pool theory' which predicts that as the vehicle fleet becomes increasingly immobilised, theft rates overall will continue to fall.

The full article is published in Security Journal 2007; Vol. 20, Number 2, pp 111-122.
Released: January 2006 - Size: 303kb

This report presents data regarding thefts of light commercial vehicles throughout Australia for the 12-month period to September 2005. Analyses include thefts by state/territory, make, year of manufacture, estimated vehicle value and immobiliser status. The report shows that approx. $67 million worth of light commercial vehicles were stolen during the 12-month period, of which almost $16 million remained unrecovered.
Released: December 2005 - Size: 302kb

This study, using Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) data, reports a strong link between drug use and motor vehicle theft (MVT). The study examined information collected from a nonrepresentative sample of 7,260 adult detainees from January 2003 to December 2004 and the findings of urine samples provided by more than 80 percent of the detainee participants.

Nine out of ten MVT offenders tested positive to at least one drug with almost six in ten testing positive to at least two. The proportion of MVT offenders who tested positive for amphetamines, benzodiazepines, cannabis and opiates was higher than for other offenders. In the case of methadone and cocaine, both groups tested positive at comparatively equal, low levels.

The report also found that, compared to other offenders, MVT offenders had lower levels of education and were younger at the time of their first arrest. They were also more likely to be recipients of government benefits and income from crime and to have been arrested in the previous year.
Released: July 2005 - Size: 470kb

Research in South Australia has indicated that on an annual basis, juveniles account for approximately 40 percent of apprehensions for motor vehicle theft. To investigate the nature of this seemingly high level of involvement of young people in vehicle theft, this study analysed a cohort of individuals, born in 1985, who came into contact with the criminal justice system by way of an apprehension as a juvenile.

The findings suggest that involvement in vehicle theft is an indicator of a relatively serious offending lifestyle and that any intervention that is targeted towards these offenders is likely to reduce the number of repeat offenders and lessen the burden on the criminal justice system. The report also found that programs that address the motivations of juvenile vehicle theft offenders are likely to be the most effective in steering young offenders away from a criminal career and reducing the incidence of vehicle theft.
Released: October 2001 - Size: 253kb

There is little publicly available evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of immobilisers outside of laboratory controlled conditions. This paper provides a comprehensive evaluation of the influence that OEM immobilisers have on vehicle theft within Australia. The study concludes that there is strong evidence that the theft rate of an immobilised vehicle is significantly lower than that of a non-immobilised vehicle and that immobilisers built to the current Australian Standard were significantly more effective than immobilisers that do not meet this standard.
Released: June 2000 - Size: 543kb

Arson represents a significant social and financial cost to the South Australian community. This paper presents detailed analyses of the problem with a five year likely growth estimate.
Released: April 2000 -Size: 193kb

This paper aims to graphically illustrate the dispersion of motor vehicle theft for South Australia during 1998 and to show how the increase since 1997 was apportioned.