Australia’s Motorcycle Theft Statistics and Safety Measures

Motorcycle Theft

There’s that sinking feeling in every motorcyclist’s stomach that one day they’re going to come home and find their pride and joy gone.

All that’s left will be a broken lock.

One time, our neighbour owned a Ninja 300 and in the middle of the night, four guys in a van hopped out, cut the lock, and heaved it into their van. 

Never to be seen again. Click here to read more about that story.

But these are all stories, I could be lying. So how about something that packs a punch?

Like us digging into the data to find out the real statistics of motorcycle theft.

Below is all the information about motorcycle theft in 2020 – 2021.

But presented in a simplified manner.

Stolen Motorcycle in Australia 2020 - 2021

The above graphic details show which states in Australia suffer the most from motorcycle theft.

VIC, WA, NSW & QLD all reached over 1,000+ motorbikes stolen in 2020 – 2021.

A Look At The Top 10 Theft Spots For Motorcycles

Queensland suffered heavy motorcycle losses with 4 out of the top 5 worst motorcycle theft spots.

Top 10 Theft Spots For Motorcycles

Melbourne has seen a massive increase year over year in motorcycle theft. 

A spike in Melbourne Motorcycle Theft 2018 -2021

How Covid Impacted Motorbike Theft

During the pandemic, motorcycle theft for the past 12 months had reached 9,938.

Only 62 motorcycles away from hitting an all-time high within Australia of 10,000 motorbikes stolen in a single year.

Fact About Motorcycle Theft in 2020

It was a dark time for motorcycle safety in Australia, people were financially desperate and willing to take on more risk for a payday.

Combined with a police force focused on Covid more than anything else proved disastrous for motorcyclists in Australia.

Back then and even now, you still need to protect your motorcycle from theft, so here are some tips and tricks.

Tips To Help Improve The Safety Of Your Motorbike

Expanding on the above points.

Cover up your motorcycle or if no cover is available, park as close to a light source or a security camera as possible.

Thieves want to be seen as little as possible, this single tactic could reduce your chance of theft by 10%.

Carry two different types of locks, although cumbersome to carry, it may prove to save your bike’s life one day.

If you have some storage on your motorbike, consider storing a disc lock in there for later use, they’re lightweight and that completes half of this lock requirement.

These tips to keep your motorcycle safe are mainly common sense, but laziness and a complacent attitude are the true enemies of proper security measures, thieves are just the symptom.

The most important thing you should do is keep a watchful eye on your community.

See something suspicious, call the police assistance line at 131-444. 

Why the police assistance line?

The police assistance line is the number you should call if the incident isn’t life-threatening.


You may not have control over where and when a motorcycle thief will strike, but you do have full control over protecting your beloved possession.

Facts About Motorcycle Theft

It is important to stay vigilant and attentive to any suspicious behaviour in your surroundings.

Simple steps such as putting a cover on your motorcycle, parking it in a safe place close to a light source or a CCTV, carrying two different types of locks, and having a disc lock ready are just a few of the things that will make a thief think twice before stealing your vehicle.

Washing or repairing your motorcycle in front of your driveway, outside the street, on your lawn or in any other public place will only drive more attention to thieves.

As we always say, prevention is always better than cure.

If heaven forbid, your motorcycle is stolen, follow the 4 Simple Steps Needed to Recover your Vehicle from Theft we wrote up to increase your chances of getting it back.

We recommend bookmarking that page so you don’t forget about it.

We received all of our stats from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.

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