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Instances of motor vehicle theft (Regional)



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This FACT indicates the victims of household motor vehicle theft as a percentage of each state's population. There were around 60,900 motor vehicles stolen in 2011-12 alone. According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, the majority of thefts are carried out by young, opportunistic thieves, who are responsible for every 3 out of 4 cars stolen. It is estimated that vehicle theft costs the community AUD 1 billion each year, and so reducing Australia’s vehicle theft rate is high on the agenda for all tiers of government. The Australian Institute of Criminology has collected useful resources on the subject which supplements its own research. The states/territories with the highest percentage are Tasmania and the Northern Territory (1 percent). The territory with the lowest theft rate is the Australian Capital Territory at 0.3 percent.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013

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