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Reducing car theft : how low can we go?

Novotel Adelaide on Hindley, Adelaide
30 November-1 December 2000

This conference was organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology in conjunction with the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.




A vehicle is stolen every four minutes in Australia. This means that up to 131,000 vehicles are stolen each year, making Australia's car theft rate one of the highest in the western world. The annual cost of motor vehicle theft has been estimated at $1 billion. These costs include more than those associated with repairing and/or replacing vehicles. The Australian community also bears the costs through higher insurance premiums, and increased demands on our criminal justice system.

The Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) is a unique national organisation, the work of which aims to explore, describe and explain issues of public policy significance in crime prevention and criminal justice. The AIC conducts in-house research and also brings together researchers and practitioners to work co-operatively in building our knowledge base.

The Institute's work is communicated to government, media, and the public through its conferences, seminars, workshops and publications. This conference is one means of exploring and communicating ideas and strategies about significant issues of concern to the public, namely motor vehicle theft and its prevention.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council is a joint initiative of all Australian Governments and the insurance industry. The council is responsible for co-ordinating the efforts of government, industry and community stakeholders. The work of the Council is guided by three strategic goals - to reduce professional vehicle theft, to reduce opportunistic vehicle theft, and to provide effective mechanisms to facilitate the implementation of the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Plan.

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council is committed to consultation and co-operation with key stakeholders. The Council's partnership with the Australian Institute of Criminology in presenting this conference is a demonstration of this commitment.

This conference explores strategic and innovative approaches to reducing and preventing car theft in Australia. Topics covered include: achieving zero car theft; prevention and technology; young people and stealing cars; compliance and enforcement in vehicle theft prevention; and the illegal spare parts trade.

Conference papers

  • Opening Address 
    The Hon K Trevor Griffin MLC, Attorney General of South Australia, Minister for Justice, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Chairman of the National Anti-Crime Strategy Lead Ministers

Towards zero car theft

Can technology provide the answer?

Young people and vehicle theft

Compliance and enforcement in vehicle theft prevention