According to recent reports, car theft is on the decline. During 2010, around 30,000 fewer cars were stolen in NSW compared with year 2000 figures. These recent findings don't take into account that 25 percent more cars are on the road nowadays either, meaning the rate of stolen cars on average per capita is down even further compared with 10 years ago.
Industry experts say this drop in car theft could be due to the increased technology with car security and also the shrinking number of old cars on the road. Council reports say the majority of cars that are stolen are more than 10 years old, with a number of them being over 20 years old.
Another key element to the theft findings was the time of the day that the thefts occurred. Up to 60 percent of car thefts during the past 10 years occurred between 4pm and midnight, predominately on Friday and Saturday nights.
The most popular car then? Early model Holden Commodores - from VN to VT (1988 to 2000). The Hyundai Excel was also a popular car among thieves.
Location trends were also revealed in recent statistics. According to council data, Blacktown was the most popular area for car theft during the period between September 2009 and September 2010, when 2098 cars were stolen in that year alone.
Other popular black spots in the Sydney area included:
- Blacktown - 2098 thefts
- Bankstown - 1426
- Campbelltown - 997
- Sydney city area - 516
- Liverpool - 314
- Parramatta 291
However, in almost every case, more cars were recovered than not. The councils say this could be due to the diminishing potential to rebirth vehicles because of increased identity-related technologies newer cars have adopted. Either way, it's a great reduction overall and it's good to see automotive technology has stepped up to the mark in regards to auto-related crime.