Most stolen cars for FY 2013-14


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Most stolen cars for FY 2013-14

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council has released figures for the most stolen motor vehicles for the financial year between 1 July 2013 and 30 July 2014.

There has been a 7 per cent decline in national passenger and light commercial (PLC) thefts in the 2013-2014 financial year (FY 2013-14)i. This continues the trend from FY 2012-13 figures that detailed a 7 per cent reduction in PLC theft from the previous year.

The Holden Commodore VT - pictured here - topped the short term theft list in FY 2013-14, followed by the VE Commodore and Hyundai Excel X3. (Image: Flickr, user Sicnag, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

There were 53,450 motor vehicle thefts in FY 2013-14. This figure is composed of thefts of PLCs, motorcycles and other vehicles. PLC thefts (42,631 vehicles) made up 80% of all motor vehicle theft in FY 2013-14. Unlike other states in Australia, the Northern Territory and Victoria posted large increases in PLC theft in FY 2013-14 of 8.8% and 11.8% respectively. Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales all posted PLC theft decreases greater than 14%ii.

There was also a national decline in the rate of theft from 2.87 PLC vehicles per 1000 registrations in FY 2012-13 to 2.61 in FY 2013-14. FY 2013-14 figures show the Northern Territory with the worst rate of theft (6.4 thefts per 1000 registrations). While declining vehicle theft in New South Wales has seen the state's rate of PLC theft drop from 3.24 per 1000 registrations in FY 2012-13 to 2.71 per 1000 registrations in FY 2013-14, the figure is still higher than the national rate. It is also higher than the rate in all states except the Northern Territory and Western Australia (2.77 thefts per 1000 registrations). While the rate of theft and number of vehicles stolen in New South Wales has improved dramatically in FY 2013-14, more PLC vehicles are stolen in the state than any other in the countryii.

  Thefts Theft rate per 1000 registrations
State/Territory FY 2012-13 FY 2013-14 % change FY 2012-13 FY 2013-14
ACT 657 559 -14.9% 2.59 2.16
NSW 14,896 12,767 -14.3% 3.24 2.71
NT 785 854 8.8% 6.02 6.40
QLD 9861 8396 -14.9% 2.94 2.44
SA 3140 2688 -14.4% 2.57 2.19
TAS 1066 1068 0.2% 2.68 2.65
VIC 9819 10,975 11.8% 2.38 2.60
WA 5545 5324 -4.0% 2.99 2.77
AUS 45,769 42,631 -6.9% 2.87 2.61

Table: Passenger light commercial (PLC) vehicle theft by stateii

Short term thefts

Short term vehicle thefts are of vehicles that have been stolen for opportunistic purposes such as joy riding, transport or to commit another crimeiii. PLC vehicles accounted for 87 per cent of all short term theftsiv. Fridays and Saturdays were the most popular days for this type of crimev.

During the last financial year, there were 31,606 short term PLC car thefts across Australia, with the most (8,566 thefts) occurring in New South Wales and the least (439 thefts) occurring in the Australian Capital Territory. This is a 10.8 percent decrease from FY 2012-13 nationally, with only Victoria and the Northern Territory recording increases in short term theftvi. Seventy-five per cent of short term thefts were cars manufactured during the 1990s and 2000svii. Over one third of short term vehicle thefts across the country were recovered within 24 hoursviii.

The Holden Commodore VT and VE models, along with the Hyundai Excel X3 were the three most stolen PLC vehicles for short term reasons in FY 2013-14. Nissan, Ford and Toyota models also made the top 10 listix.

  Short term thefts
Make/Model/Series FY 2012-13 FY 2013-14
Holden Commodore VT MY97_00 720 660
Holden Commodore VE MY06_13 657 613
Hyundai Excel X3 MY94_00 792 495
Nissan Pulsar N15 MY95_00 289 469
Holden Commodore VX MY00_02 433 411
Toyota Hilux MY05_11 450 399
Ford Falcon BA MY02_05 451 381
Ford Falcon AU MY98_02 426 346
Holden Commodore VY MY02_04 386 334
Holden Commodore VS MY95_97 386 297

Table: Top 10 vehicles for short term PLC theft in FY 2013-14 and comparison for the same vehicles in FY 2012-13ix

Profit motivated thefts

The Toyota Hilux, along with the Holden VT Commodore and Toyota Hiace, were among the most stolen vehicles for profit in FY 2013-14.

Profit motivated thefts encompass vehicles stolen to subsequently be sold either as a complete car or in parts. Sometimes, vehicles that are stolen only for joy riding or other short term reasons can take months or even longer to recover: some are never recovered at all. These figures are included with profit motivated thefts: as vehicles are recovered over time, the amount of profit motivated thefts may decreaseiii. Prior to this adjustment there were 17,015 profit motivated thefts in FY 2013-14, 11,025 of these (65%) were PLC vehiclesx. After adjusting figures to account for late recoveries, there were 16,405 profit motivated thefts in FY 2013-14, with PLC cars accounting for 64 per cent (10,561 thefts) of the adjusted totalxi.

For much of the country, the adjusted profit motivated thefts of PLCs declined, except for Western Australia, where thefts increased 30 per cent to 1,057 thefts and the Northern Territory, where thefts increased 45 per cent to 77 thefts from 2012-13 figuresxi. PLC vehicles manufactured in the 2000s were the most popular for thieves with 4,963 reported stolenxii.

The Holden VT Commodore was the most popular car for thieves looking to make a dollar, with 271 stolen last financial year on unadjusted figures. Toyota, Nissan and Ford also had models in the top 10 list, with various Commodore models taking out five of the 10 spotsxiii.

Make/Model/Series Thefts in 2012-13 Thefts in 2013-14
Holden Commodore VT MY97_00 248 271
Toyota Hilux MY05_11 141 254
Toyota Hiace MY90_04 124 185
Toyota Hilux MY98_04 248 171
Holden Commodore VE MY06_13 140 159
Holden Commodore VX MY00_02 161 157
Ford Falcon BA MY02_05 122 155
Nissan Patrol GU MY97+ 95 151
Holden Commodore VY MY02_04 132 138
Holden Commodore VS MY95_97 128 131

Table: Top 10 profit motivated PLC theft targetsxiii

Despite the declining thefts and rates of theft across the country, more than 50 thousand vehicles were stolen last financial year. Car insurance protects the investment in your car from short term or profit motivated theft. Get a car insurance quote online today from Allianz.


iComprehensive auto-theft research system (CARS) 2014, Statistical report 2013-14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/docs/annual/annual_2013_14_web.pdf#page=6, page 2

iiNational Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council 2014, Dashboard - National context. Total thefts all motor vehicles, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/dashboard.aspx#tab1

iiiComprehensive auto-theft research system (CARS) 2014, Statistical report 2013-14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/docs/annual/annual_2013_14_web.pdf#page=5, page 1

ivComprehensive auto-theft research system (CARS) 2014, Statistical report 2013-14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/docs/annual/annual_2013_14_web.pdf#page=17, page 13

vComprehensive auto-theft research system (CARS) 2014, Statistical report 2013-14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/docs/annual/annual_2013_14_web.pdf#page=34, page 30

viNational Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council 2014, Dashboard - National context. Short term motor vehicle theft summary, 2012/13 to 2013/14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/dashboard.aspx#tab1

viiComprehensive auto-theft research system (CARS) 2014, Statistical report 2013-14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/docs/annual/annual_2013_14_web.pdf#page=21, page 17

viiiComprehensive auto-theft research system (CARS) 2014, Statistical report 2013-14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/docs/annual/annual_2013_14_web.pdf#page=9, page 5

ixNational Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council 2014, Dashboard - what was stolen? Top short term motor vehicle theft targets, 2013-14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/dashboard.aspx#tab3

xNational Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council 2014, Dashboard - National context. Profit motivated motor vehicle theft summary, 2012/13 to 2013/14, 2013-14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/dashboard.aspx#tab1

xiNational Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council 2014, Dashboard - National context. Adjusted profit motivated motor vehicle theft summary, 2012/13 to 2013/14, 2013-14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/dashboard.aspx#tab1

xiiComprehensive auto-theft research system (CARS) 2014, Statistical report 2013-14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/docs/annual/annual_2013_14_web.pdf#page=49, page 45

xiiiNational Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council 2014, Dashboard - what was stolen? Top profit motivated motor vehicle theft targets, 2013-14, viewed on 10 November 2014,
http://ncars.on.net/dashboard.aspx#tab3