Motor stolen cars for FY 2011/2012


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Motor stolen cars for FY 2011/2012

The 2011/12 financial year had national increases for both short term (5%) and profit-motivated thefts (7%) over the 2010/11 financial year according to figures released by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC). This was an increase of 3092 vehicles: to bring the total vehicles stolen in the 2011/12 financial year to 59,874i.

Short term theft

Thefts within this category are considered opportunistic - used for purposes such as joy riding, as getaway cars or simply to travel. In the FY2011/12, a total of 42,296 vehicles were stolen for short term purposes, 1,965 (5%) more than the previous financial yeari. Of these stolen vehicles, 88% (37,342) were passenger/light commercial (PLC) vehiclesi. The NMVTRC found that PLC vehicles of the 0-5 year age group accounted for the largest proportion of overall rise in theft numbers (11%) in the previous 12 monthsii.

Despite the overall increase, the figures vary significantly across States and Territories. Almost all of the upwards trend in short term thefts can be attributed to substantial increases in Queensland and Western Australiaiii. These two states accounted for 90% of the national increaseiii.

The top 3 cars targeted for short term theft during FY2011/12 in Australia were the Hyundai Excel X3 (1,020), Holden Commodore VT (696) and the Holden Commodore VN (683)vi.

 The Hyundai Excel X3 is the most stolen car in Australia and is most commonly stolen for short-term, opportunistic purposes. (Image: Wikipedia)

Profit-motivated theft

This category includes vehicles that are stolen with intent to illegally sell spare parts or the vehicle in its entirety. In FY 2011/12, vehicles stolen for profit-motivates purposes increased by 1,127 (7%) vehicles, adding up to a total of 17,578i.

4,618 motorcycles were stolen for profit during FY 2011/12, an increase of 4% on the previous 12 monthsi. Motorcycles represented 26% of all vehicles stolen for profit and not recovered; a significantly higher proportion than the 8% they represented of vehicles taken for short term theft.

Large passenger vehicles were also more likely to be targeted for profit-motivated theft - accounting for 27% of vehicles stolen and not recoveredv.

National figures for the top three most targeted vehicles for short term and profit-motivated thefts.
Make/Model/Series FY2011/12 Short term thefts
Hyundai Excel X3 1,020
Holden Commodore VT 696
Holden Commodore VN 683
Make/Model/Series FY2011/12 Profit motivated
thefts
Holden Commodore VT 283
Holden Commodore VS 184
Holden Commodore VX 168

While most jurisdictions suffered a rise in thefts, Western Australia reported the largest increase in PLC profit-motivated theft volumes with an increase of 239 thefts (42%). Queensland has experienced the biggest rise in the number of actual profit-motivated thefts, experiencing 484 thefts (an 18% increase)vi. The Holden Commodore VT (283), VS (184) and VX (168) were the 3 most popular targets for profit-motivated theft across the countryiv.


i National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 2012, 'Theft watch: 2-11/12 sees national increases across the board', http://www.carsafe.com.au/images/stories/pdfs/Theft_Watch/Theft%20Watch%2044%20September%202012.pdf, p.1

ii National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 2012, 'Theft watch: 2-11/12 sees national increases across the board', http://www.carsafe.com.au/images/stories/pdfs/Theft_Watch/Theft%20Watch%2044%20September%202012.pdf, p.2

iii National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 2012, 'Theft watch: 2-11/12 sees national increases across the board', http://www.carsafe.com.au/images/stories/pdfs/Theft_Watch/Theft%20Watch%2044%20September%202012.pdf

iv National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 2012, 'Quick stats: financial year ending 30 June 2012', http://ncars.on.net/docs/quick/aus.pdf, p.4

v National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 2012, 'Theft watch: 2-11/12 sees national increases across the board', http://www.carsafe.com.au/images/stories/pdfs/Theft_Watch/Theft%20Watch%2044%20September%202012.pdf, p.3

vi National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, 2012, 'Theft watch: 2-11/12 sees national increases across the board', http://www.carsafe.com.au/images/stories/pdfs/Theft_Watch/Theft%20Watch%2044%20September%202012.pdf, p.5