Theft Watch - Calendar year 2017
Issue 65 - March 2018
Total national theft in the twelve months to December was 7% less than the preceding twelve months.
The decrease was largely a result of a 15% fall in short-term heavy/other vehicle theft. Profit motivated PLC theft fell 4%.
Queensland has had a significant increase of 10% which has been off-set by continuing improvement in Victoria.
The nation's total theft is down 8% compared to five years ago with a total of 52,858 vehicles stolen.
For a more detailed analysis of current theft trends be sure to check out our interactive dashboard.
- 9,787 vehicles were stolen and recovered in Victoria, making up 38% of all short term PLC theft.
- NSW followed with 7,419 short term PLCs stolen representing 22% of the nation's total theft.
- 33% of all profit-motivated PLC theft (2,981) also occurred in Victoria.
- Short term theft increased by 14% in Queensland and a marginal 1% in NSW.
- WA had the highest percentage increase in profit motivated theft with 6%.
- Thefts over the same period are down in NSW (16%), SA (17%) & WA (9%).
All motor vehicles
Other motor vehicles
|State or Territory||Make model series year range||2017|
|AUS||Holden Commodore VE MY06_13||908|
|AUS||Nissan Pulsar N15 MY95_00||747|
|AUS||Toyota Hilux MY05_11||596|
|AUS||Ford Falcon BA MY02_05||577|
|AUS||Holden Commodore VY MY02_04||558|
|State or Territory||LGA||2017|
|QLD||Gold Coast (City)||1,375|
State and Territory comparison - Passenger/light commercial vehicle theft
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. If the number of thefts for the current or previous period is less than 50, the percent change is not calculated. Recovery status is as at 31 January 2018 for all states/territories except for TAS which is at 31 December 2017.
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,
Glassâ€™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.
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