Crime figures in Australia for the September quarter show a slight reduction in motor vehicle thefts across most Australian states, according to new National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) data.
A total of 7877 passenger and light commercial vehicles were stolen for ‘short term use’ during the third quarter; 126 fewer than for the same quarter last year (down two percent).
‘Profit-motivated’ thefts of passenger and light commercial vehicles during the same quarter were down five percent, with the 2618 figure representing a drop of 147 thefts.
Short-term thefts are down nine percent for the 12 months to the end of September, with 3,587 fewer vehicles stolen than for the previous 12 month period, while profit-motivated thefts were down eight percent for the same period.
The continuing downward trend sees a new record-low figure for short-term thefts, set for the 12 months to the end of September.
It was a good quarter for New South Wales, which saw a drop in both short-term and profit-motivated thefts, with the latter down 10 percent.
Both short-term and profit-motivated thefts for motorcycles were up in five of the eight states and territories, but down overall compared to the previous quarter this year, and Q3 last year.