Australian Motorcycle Theft Statistics

July 11, 2018

You’ve bought a new motorcycle, but you’re worried about it getting stolen. Rightfully so, because most stolen motorcycles are not recovered. Educate yourself here on the facts about motorcycle theft in Australia. The data presented here is all available from the NMVTRC (carsafe.com.au).

Motorcycle Theft Cases by Year

 

The numbers show that between last year and 2016, theft numbers have gone down. The following numbers are the total number of reported motorcycle thefts according to calendar year.

 

2013 – 8308

2014 – 8119

2015 – 8250

2016 – 8335

2017 – 8038

 

Recovery Rate

 

Unfortunately, compared to cars, motorcycles have statistically a much lower chance of being recovered. The following numbers are cases of “short-term thefts.” That is, cases where the motorcycle was recovered.

 

2013 – 3908 (47%)

2014 – 3899 (48%)

2015 – 3854 (47%)

2016 – 4104 (49%)

2017 – 3655 (45%)

 

Thefts by State (2017)

  1. VIC..........................................2006

  2. WA..........................................1943

  3. NSW........................................1673

  4. QLD.........................................1525

  5. SA.............................................519

  6. NT.............................................125

  7. ACT...........................................125

  8. TAS...........................................122

 (Visit carsafe.com.au/motorcycle-map to access the interactive theft map)

 

Top 10 Motorcycle Theft Hot-Spots (2017)

 

These numbers are motorcycle theft cases according to Local Government Areas.

  1. Brisbane (QLD)......................270

  2. Gold Coast (QLD)..................225

  3. Melbourne (VIC).....................176

  4. Rockingham (WA)..................145

  5. Port Phillip (VIC).....................139

  6. Stirling (WA)...........................129

  7. Logan (QLD)..........................127

  8. Greater ACT...........................124

  9. Moreton Bay (QLD)................116

  10. Sunshine Coast (QLD)...........111

 

Top 5 Most Stolen Motorcycle Brands (2017)

  1. Honda...........................1683 thefts

  2. Yamaha.........................1448 thefts

  3. Kawasaki.........................726 thefts

  4. Suzuki..............................721 thefts

  5. KTM.................................548 thefts

If you are concerned about the security of your ride, read up here on how to theft proof your motorcycle.

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