The aim of this research was to identify the extent of commercial and farm vehicle theft in Australia and to explore the theft profile of these vehicles in urban and rural areas. The research was conducted using data from the National ComprehensiveAuto-theft Research System (CARS) database. The database holds police data on all motor vehicle thefts and vehicle registration data from all Australian states and territories. While passenger vehicle and light commercial vehicle (PLC) theft in Australia has decreased significantly since 2001, theft of commercial and farm vehicles has remained constant. Nonetheless, theft of commercial and farm vehicles in rural areas has a significant impact on the owners in terms of loss of income and means of transport. In the 2006/07 financial year, the estimated value of commercial and farm vehicle theft in Australia was $164.2 million. Utilities and motorcycles were the most popular theft targets and accounted for $43 million in unrecovered vehicles.
Hedayati, Hedyeh. 2008. "Commercial and Farm Vehicle Theft in Urban and Rural Australia." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 23(2): Article 5. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol23/iss2/5