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2016/17 Theft Statistics

The NMVTRC's latest statistics from the CARS database been released and reveal a 4% increase in motor vehicle thefts during the 12 months ending 30 June 2017.


  • Australia recorded a total of 56,184 thefts during the 2016/17 financial year, which represents a 4% increase over the 2015/16 total of 53,882 thefts.
  • Over the last five years, Australia’s total vehicle thefts have increased 1% from the 2012/13 total of 55,550.
  • During 2016/17 there was an average of 154 motor vehicle thefts per day in Australia. This is up from a total of 152 per day in 2012/13.
  • With a recovery rate of 72% the 2016/17 total comprises 40,221short term thefts and 15,963 profit motivated thefts.
  • Australia’s yearly theft rate equates to 2.91 thefts per 1,000 registered vehicles or 2.30 per 1,000 population.
  • There has been a slight decline in the median age of stolen vehicles in Australia. In 2012/13 the median age of all stolen vehicles was 12 years. In 2016/17 the median age had decreased to 11 years.
  • A total of 8,056 motorcycles were stolen in 2016/17. This is a 3% decrease over the 2015/16 total of 8,306 thefts, and is 7% lower than the 2012/13 total.
  • Motorcycles recorded the lowest recovery rate with only 44% of thefts in 2016/17 recovered compared to 78% of passenger and light commercial vehicles and 51% of other vehicles.
  • There was a slight increase in thefts of vehicles aged 10-14 years from 19% in 2012/13 to 22% in 2016/17 and a reduction in theft of vehicles aged 20 - 24 years (12% in 2012/13, 8% in 2016/17).
  • Overall the most popular passenger and light commercial theft targets in 2016/17 were the Holden Commodore VE MY06-13 (982 thefts), Nissan Pulsar N15 MY95-00 (942 thefts), Toyota Hilux MY05-11 (669 thefts), Ford Falcon BA MY02-05 (601 thefts) and the Holden Commodore VT MY97-00 (599 thefts).
  • There has been a gradual increase in recent years in the proportion of motor vehicle thefts taken from residential locations (e.g. dwellings and residential shed/garages). In 2016/17 for example, 57% of all thefts occurred at a residential location compared to 55% in 2012/13


To access the full report visit:

2017 International Seminar

The 65th International Seminar was held in Cape Town, South Africa, 27 August - 1st September, 2017.  Visit to fownload photos and powerpoint presentations from the seminar.

You need to log into your account and then go to the Resources page and click Training Resources

2017 Conference outcomes

The following notes summarise the program content and outcomes of the Australian Vehicle Crime Conference hosted by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council in conjunction with Victoria Police and the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators in Melbourne on 4-5 April 2017. The AVCC was proudly sponsored by RACV.

The conference brought together more than 240 representatives from policing and law enforcement, crime prevention, academia, general insurance, motor trades, local government and community sectors to review current national and local strategic and operational responses to vehicle crime.

The conference program was divided into three distinct themes of diverting young offenders, disrupting the vehicle laundering and separated parts markets and building stakeholder capacity/ promoting innovation. The full program and most speakers’ presentations can be viewed or downloaded from the Resources page of the International website   (you need to be logged in to access them.  If you have forgotten your password click teh fogotten password link after clicking the Account link)

Select presentations on the key themes and issues were complemented with expert panel sessions in which conference participants were able to pose questions to one or all of the sessional presenters.

The key presentation points are summarised below together with a brief assessment from the NMVTRC about what it sees as the implications for its forward work program or the work of others.

Post Conference Communique and Outcomes Summary:

10 Vehicle Theft Facts

The NMVTRC has released a series of infographic posters. View them at:

Motorcycle theft in VIC

This infographic, produced by the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council's CARS Service, provides a snapshot of motorcycle theft in Victoria during 2015/16


2016 Training Seminar Presentations

A number of presenters from our 2016 Annual Training Seminar have kindly made their presentations available to members.  There are a variety of files including videos, pdfs, and PowerPoint files.  

As you can appreciate many of the presentations may contain sensitive information.  As such we provide these files for use by IAATI members only and ask that you do not copy or reproduce these files in any format with the written permission of the Australasian Branch or the presenter.

To access the presentations you must be logged into the website (use the Member Login button on the top right court of the page) and go to the 'Seminars/Past Seminars/2016 Seminar' page or click this link

Speaker Ideas

Is there someone you really would like to hear from at our next training seminar or via a webinar? Or do you have an idea for a seminar training topic or activity?

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Survey of motorcyle theft victims

The NMVTRC's CARS Service has released the results of a survey of 186 victims of motorcycle theft.   The study summarised owwer's level of awareness of theft issues, their use of security practises and security behaviour changes after theft.

To read the full results visit:


To view an infographic about the findings visit: