Most stolen cars for FY2012-13


Quote in 2 Mins
Retrieve a quote »

Most stolen cars for FY2012-13

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council has identified the most stolen motor vehicles from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. We take a look at which cars were stolen the most and the trends in overall car theft.

In the 2012-13 financial year, 45,764 passenger and light commercial (PLC) vehicles were reported stolen, which represented 3,395 fewer thefts (approximately 7 per cent) than the 2011-12 financial yeari. It is also the lowest number of PLC thefts in a 12-month period since the 1970si. The top three most stolen cars for short-term benefit in 2012-13 were the Hyundai Excel X3, the Holden Commodore VT and the Holden Commodore VEii. The top three most stolen cars for profit-motivated purposes were the Holden Commodore VT, the Toyota Hilux MY98_04 and the Holden Commodore VXii.

The Hyundai Excel X3 was the most stolen car for short-term benefit in 2012-13 with 782 thefts.

Short-term thefts

Short-term thefts are when the stolen cars are commonly used for joyriding, getaway cars or transportationii.

There were 40,021 short-term vehicle thefts in 2012-13, with PLC cars representing 87 per cent of those theftsi. This is a decrease of 6 per cent in overall short-term thefts compared to 2011-12i. The top car stolen for short-term reasons is the Hyundai Excel, followed by numerous Holden Commodore models. Other cars to make the top 10 include the Toyota Camry and the Ford Falcon.


Make/Model/Series Number of thefts in 2011-12 Number of thefts in 2012-13
Hyundai Excel X3 1,029 782
Holden Commodore VT 717 697
Holden Commodore VE 539 629
Toyota Hilux MY05_11 413 466
Holden Commodore VN 689 455
Ford Falcon BA 398 441
Ford Falcon AU 442 421
Holden Commodore VX 407 420
Holden Commodore VS 469 382
Toyota Camry SV21 668 376

One of Australia's most iconic cars, the Holden Commodore, features highly on both the short-term and profit-motivated theft lists.

Profit-motivated thefts

Profit-motivated thefts are vehicles that have been stolen for thieves to profit by illegally selling the whole vehicle or separate partsii. The number of vehicles that are not recovered is the figure used for profit-motivated theft, so the figures are potentially inflated due to missing vehicles that are stolen and then abandonedii.

There were 17,051 profit-motivated vehicle thefts in 2012-13, with PLC cars representing 64 per cent of those theftsi. This is a decrease of 3 per cent in overall profit-motivated thefts compared to 2011-12i. The top car stolen for profit-motivated reasons is the Holden Commodore VT followed by several Toyota Hilux models and other Holden Commodore modelsii. Rounding off the top 10 is the Hyundai Excel and Ford Falconii.


Make/Model/Series Number of thefts in 2011-12 Number of thefts in 2012-13
Holden Commodore VT 268 267
Toyota Hilux MY98_04 158 264
Holden Commodore VX 159 171
Holden Commodore VE 105 169
Toyota Hilux MY89_97 145 162
Toyota Hilux MY05_11 139 156
Holden Commodore VY 102 147
Holden Commodore VS 179 135
Hyundai Excel X3 150 132
Ford Falcon BA 131 132

While the rate and number of cars stolen in Australia is falling, it's still important to protect the investment in your motor vehicle through car insurance. Contact Allianz for a quote.


i National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council 2013, Theft watch: PLC thefts reach a record low in 2012/13, September, no. 48, viewed 22 November 2013,
http://www.carsafe.com.au/images/stories/pdfs/Theft_Watch/Theft_Watch_48_September_2013.pdf

ii Comprehensive Auto-Theft Research System (CARS), National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council 2013, Statistical Report 2012/13, viewed 22 November 2013,
http://ncars.on.net/docs/annual/annual_2012_13_web.pdf

Tables source: Comprehensive Auto-Theft Research System (CARS), National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council 2013, Statistical Report 2012/13, viewed 22 November 2013,
http://ncars.on.net/docs/annual/annual_2012_13_web.pdf