Victoria is the car theft capital of Australia

Ben Gribbin 20 March 2018 NEWS

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A new report shows worst states for car theft and the most stolen models.

Motorists will be glad to hear the results of the 2017 nationwide vehicle theft report. Produced by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC), the findings show an overall reduction in thefts.

Report in brief

Between January and December 2017, thefts dropped 7% nationally versus 2016. Compared with five years ago, the number of thefts is down 8%. A 15% reduction in heavy vehicles stolen is the main reason for the drop. Countrywide profit-motivated thefts of passenger/light commercial (PLC) vehicles also decreased 4%.

The total number of vehicles stolen (both recovered and not) was 52,858. Totalling each stolen vehicle's guide value, the proceeds amount to an estimated $505,999,087.

How are the thefts differentiated?

Vehicle crimes come under one of two categories, either short-term or profit-motivated theft.

The definition of short-term theft is when a vehicle is snatched but later recovered. This may include joy-riders or perpetrators who later abandon the vehicle. Total short-term thefts numbered 38,322.

Vehicles stolen and later sold for recompense fall under the profit-motivated category. Criminals may dispose of the car, such as breaking it up for parts or to flog the car on to an unwitting buyer. Either way, these vehicles are never found. Profit-motivated crime accounts for 14,536 thefts.

Which areas have the biggest car crime problems?

Victoria finished the year as the most vehicle crime-ridden state, with 15,332 thefts – although almost three quarters were later recovered. Victoria lays claim to over a third of national PLC thefts. NSW placed second with 10,037 while Queensland took an unwanted third place, with 9,029 thefts. The sunshine state experienced a 14% short-term crime surge in 2017.

An emerging problem of professional vehicle thefts developed in Western Australia, with a sudden 6% rise.

Queensland had three local government areas placed in the top five crime hot-spots; Brisbane ranked the highest, Gold Coast city next and Logan city placed fourth. The Greater ACT area came in third and Hume, Victoria was fifth.

Which vehicles were most stolen?

Passenger/light commercials were the most likely to go missing, with 42,592 thefts. Motorcycle thefts decreased 4%. Other vehicles, such as big commercials accounted for 2,228 cases.

The most stolen vehicle was the 2006-2013 Holden Commodore VE. Nearly 1,000 were stolen in 2017. Next came 1995-2000 Nissan Pulsar N15 models and the third most stolen vehicle is also Australia's best selling, the Toyota Hilux, specifically 2005-2011 model years.

Most thefts occur in the $0-$5,000 price band. With the increasing value of the car, the numbers of thefts dropped, presumably thanks to increased security and risks.

We’ve also published a more detailed breakdown of car crime by local government areas. Make sure you’ve got the best possible car insurance policy in place should the worst happen to you. Using our car insurance comparison guide, you’ll be able to compare typical quotes by state and find answers to common motor insurance questions.

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