Motor Vehicle Thefts Down Slightly For September Quarter: NMVTRC Photo:
Trevor Collett | Dec, 23 2013 | 0 Comments

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.

Short-term thefts were down 10 percent in Queensland, while South Australia, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory also saw improvements.

A slightly poorer showing for Tasmania and Victoria during Q3, with both states showing a rise in short-term thefts while Tasmania also had more profit-motivated thefts.

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.

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