Australian motor vehicle theft rose 7% in the 12 months to September 2019, largely the result of a 12% boom in motorcycle thefts, the highest of all vehicle groups.
Despite accounting for just 5% of registrations, motorcycle thefts now account for one in six stolen vehicles, according to Council figures.
The sobering statistics also show that almost two in three motorcycles are stolen from the home, one in six motorcycle theft victims have previously been a victim of theft and more than half of all stolen bikes are never recovered.
Council Projects and Communications Coordinator Caitlin Hrambanis says there could be several reasons for the explosion on motorcycle theft rates:
The ease with which they are stolen;
A high demand for parts; and
The lack of security measures by riders.
“The NMVTRC is looking to liaise with motoring groups to look to disseminate theft prevention messages,” Caitlin says.
“We are hoping to improve motorcycle security awareness among riders.”
The council wants to partner with interested motorcycle groups to improve the security message to riders.