While the total figure of 57,649 represents a four percent improvement over 2011/12, the smaller figures that make up the big picture are a mixed bag.
The figures show that short-term thefts are down six percent, while profit-motivated thefts are up by around one percent. The majority of vehicles stolen were older than 10 years.
Some states have recorded significant improvements, while others have noted increases in certain areas, and overall.
It was a poor showing for Western Australia, however, with short-term thefts up eight percent and profit-motivated thefts up 18 percent, with a spike in motorcycle thefts believed to be a contributing factor.
The ACT saw profit-motivated thefts more than double, jumping from 353 to 756.
Motorcycle and ‘other’ thefts accounted for 27 percent of all profit-motivated crimes and were solely responsible for the overall increase. Only 10 percent of stolen motorcycles were for short-term thefts.
The total estimated vehicle value of profit-motivated thefts for passenger and light commercial vehicles in 2012/13 was almost $118 million.
Vehicles worth more than $30,000 accounted for only six percent of profit-motivated thefts but 27 percent of the total value, indicating that some extremely expensive cars were stolen during the year.
Vehicles valued at less than $5000 accounted for 45 percent of profit-motivated thefts, but only 12 percent of the total value.
While the state figures have fluctuated, the overall figure is down eight percent over the last five years with short-term thefts falling by 13 percent. Profit-motivated thefts however, rose four percent in the last five years.
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