It shows that in the 12 months to March 2020, motor vehicle theft rose 11% while motorcycle and scooter theft was up a whopping 19% to 9938.
Motorcycle thefts by state
State or Territory
2018-04 to 2019-03
2019-04 to 2020-03
% of thefts
% of thefts
Time to recover
Worse still for the owners, stolen motorcycle recovered within seven days dropped by 10%.
The time to recover stolen motorcycles increased most in Victoria and was more pronounced in metropolitan areas.
Most stolen vehicles took longer to recover the more expensive and younger they were.
However, stolen motorcycles did not show any considerable differences in the time to recover across vehicle age.
The Council believes some of the reasons for the longer recovery period for motorcycles include:
An increase in the use of cloned number plates to avoid detection and the elimination of registration labels. This makes it more difficult for police to detect stolen vehicles and gives thieves more time to use the stolen vehicle.
Changes in police priorities including a greater focus on drugs, terrorism and domestic violence.
An indication that offenders are getting older and less likely to be detected by police based purely on their age.
A community shift to a “mind your own business” approach to crime. People may be less likely to ‘get involved’ if they see an abandoned vehicle resulting in a delay in it being report to authorities. There is also a possibility that this change in social attitude is more evident in metropolitan areas.