Theft Watch: Report for calendar year 2017
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 https://carsafe.com.au/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%).