The street, driveway, or public car parks? Where cars are stolen from most in Victoria
More than one in four car thefts happened in one common location. Do you know where your car is most at risk? These are locations where cars are stolen from the most in Victoria.
In the year to September 2022, there were 15,307 motor vehicle thefts were recorded across Victoria according to the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA). While car theft is nothing to celebrate, it is good news that 2022's numbers are only a slight increase on 2021 (15,064) and are a far cry from 2017’s peak of 19,380 vehicle thefts.
While vehicle theft can happen anywhere, data shows that just as some cars are more-commonly stolen than others, some locations are also more likely to have a car stolen from.
These are the most-often locations in which cars are being stolen from.
Where are cars most often stolen from?
Data from the CSA is sourced from Victoria Police and breaks down the location of motor vehicle theft into three main categories: residential, community and ‘other’.
Residential locations such as houses, apartments and hotels were the locations where almost half of all vehicles were stolen in 2022 (48.7 per cent) with a total of 7,456 thefts reported.
Bambi Gordon, CEO for Neighbourhood Watch Victoria, says this result is unsurprising. “I believe it is because these are the locations that cars are at night – few prying eyes, less likely to hear an engine starting up,” she says. “More cars are stolen at night-time than during the day.”
Community locations are the next most likely place for a vehicle to be reported stolen from, with 5,944 reports in 2022 – 38.8 per cent of all motor vehicle thefts in 2022. These locations include parks, streets, hospitals, car parks, schools, public transport locations and religious buildings.
Retail and business locations like shopping centres, offices, service stations, cinemas and factories reported the least number of vehicle thefts for 2022, with 1,907 thefts recorded.