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Theft Watch - 12 months to March 2018

Issue 66 - June 2018

Overview

Nationally vehicle theft in the twelve months to March 2018 was 8% lower than the previous twelve months with a total of 52,417 vehicles stolen (i.e. 4,783 fewer thefts.)

Victoria continued its improvement with a 23% reduction over the period. This equates to 4,731 fewer thefts and a reduction in the daily average from 53 thefts per day to 41.

Western Australia improved with an 8% decline and was closely followed by South Australia with a 7% reduction. New South Wales remained steady increasing by only 1% while Queensland was the only large jurisdiction to record a significant increase of 6%.

Of the smaller jurisdictions, Northern Territory declined by 264 thefts and Tasmania by 135 thefts. The Australian Capital Territory experienced an extra 147 thefts.

Heavy/Other vehicles experienced significant reductions in both short term and profit motivated thefts compared to the previous 12 months with 10% and 14% declines respectively.

For a more detailed analysis of current theft trends be sure to check out our interactive dashboard.

Key Findings

  • Total PLC theft decreased by 9 % (down 4,357) for the year with a total of 42,101 cars stolen.
  • Short term PLC thefts fell by 3,840 (-10%) with profit motivated theft down by 517 (-5%).
  • Of the larger jurisdictions, WA recorded the largest increase in non-recovered PLC’s with an additional 123 (12%) thefts. VIC experienced a decline of 408 (-12%) in non-recoveries.
  • The national PLC recovery rate has remained relatively stable over the rolling 12 months at 79%.
  • Motorcycle theft remained stable decreasing by 75 (-1%) to a total of 8,165 for the year and had an adjusted recovery rate of 47%.
  • Heavy and other vehicles reduced by 14% to a total of 2,151 thefts during the period.
  • Large reductions in other vehicle thefts were recorded in WA (down -40% to 361 thefts) and VIC (down -29% to 552 thefts). In contrast NSW recorded 511 other vehicle thefts, a 13% increase compared to the previous 12 months.
  • The adjusted recovery rate for other vehicles was 52%.
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Top 5 Passenger/light commercial vehicle theft targets in Australia during 12 months to March 2018
State or Territory Make model series year range 2017-04 to 2018-03
AUS Holden Commodore VE MY06_13 906
AUS Nissan Pulsar N15 MY95_00 689
AUS Holden Commodore VY MY02_04 575
AUS Toyota Hilux MY05_11 573
AUS Ford Falcon BA MY02_05 531
Top 5 Local Government Areas (LGA) for Passenger/light commercial vehicle thefts in Australia during 12 months to March 2018
State or Territory LGA 2017-04 to 2018-03
QLD Brisbane (City) 2,178
QLD Gold Coast (City) 1,486
ACT Greater ACT 1,095
QLD Logan (City) 942
VIC Hume (City) 874
Number and percent of PLC thefts in Australia by estimated value at time of theft, during 12 months to March 2018

State and Territory comparison - Passenger/light commercial vehicle theft

Number of PLC thefts during 12 months to March 2018
PLC short term thefts (five year trend to March 2018)
PLC profit-motivated thefts (five year trend to March 2018)

For a more detailed analysis of current theft trends be sure to check out our interactive dashboard

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 30 April 2018 for all states/territories except for TAS which is at 31 March 2018.

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 number of thefts from the profit motivated (not recovered category) to the short term (recovered category).

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 (www.carsafe.com.au). © 2018 NMVTRC. All rights reserved.

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