Australia’s Top 10 Highest Vehicle Theft Areas in 2023

My uncle, Maurice, in his late 50s, purchased a beautiful sky blue 1964 Mustang.

One frosty morning, as he made his black roasted coffee, something seemed off.

The hairs stood up on the back of his neck.

Maurice grabbed a bat from a nearby closet and crept to his garage.

His garage door had been jammed open and his Mustang was gone.

Bludgeoned with disbelief and anger, staring into his empty garage where his beautiful sky blue Mustang used to be, Maurice scrambled to get the phone out of his pocket and dialled 000.

The search for his car was arduous and slow.

The police found little evidence, it was clear the job had been professional.

In the end, they gave up and put his case on the back burner.

After calling 000, he rang his insurance company, and days of back and forth left him tired and confused. His insurance company had to resolve an investigation before he would be fully reimbursed.

I thought he was incredibly unlucky. He must have been one in a million to experience that. Later, I realised that was far from the truth.

Mustang 1964

After my uncle’s Mustang was taken, I started noticing theft more and more. Friends of mine would tell me stories of their cars getting stolen, some had no insurance, leaving them financially ruined for a few years.

The news cycle seemed to be overrun with victims of vehicle theft just trying to make a living.

Tradies were losing their utes, single mums having their only car stripped away and the older generations, who spent years saving up for a vintage Mustang, having it ripped away in an instant.

Were they all just unlucky? Or is there an unspoken, underlying problem? 

I did a bit of research and what I found was shocking.

I learnt that 10s of thousands of vehicles are stolen every year in Australia.

I investigated further, drilling down into the theft levels of each state and city, and this is what I discovered.

How many vehicles were stolen in each state in Australia in 2022

A Warning for Motorists

According to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council, passenger/light commercial vehicle theft decreased by 15% in 2020 – 2021, with 38,187 vehicles stolen in the country from 2020 to 2021.

Top 10 Highest Vehicle Theft Areas in Australia 2022

Vehicle theft bounced back in 2022 though with over 58,000 vehicles stolen.

In 2022, Queensland saw the highest number of stolen vehicles of all the states and territories with 19,250 stolen.

Victoria followed with 16,307 and New South Wales with 12,274.

Fact about Vehicle Theft in Australia

A Look into 2021 & 2022

The vehicle theft rate is now increasing with the number of vehicles stolen per year reaching 58,885 during 2022.

That’s one vehicle stolen approximately every 9 minutes in Australia.

So if you’re looking to boost the security of your vehicle and want to actually get your vehicle back, learn more about our Solid GPS tracker.

Fact about Vehicle Theft in Australia


Don’t be like my uncle. Don’t wake up tomorrow to a heart attack when you realise your car isn’t where it should be.

You will regret it and it will cost you a car-load of money. Keep your keys out of sight, and your car too.

Keep a watchful eye on your community and report any suspicious activity to the Australian-wide police assistance line 131 444.

But information isn’t always enough to stop thieves.

Practical solutions are best for practical problems, so consider getting a Solid GPS tracker.

If worst comes to worst and your vehicle gets stolen, check out this article about four simple steps to recover your vehicle from theft, even if you don’t have a GPS tracker.

Finally, here’s the link to our source, the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.

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