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Stolen bikes take longer to recover

Stolen motorcycles and scooters are now taking longer to recover, according to the latest National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council report.

It shows that in the 12 months to March 2020, motor vehicle theft rose 11% while motorcycle and scooter theft was up a whopping 19% to 9938.Motorcycle theft hot spots

Motorcycle thefts by state

State or Territory

2018-04 to 2019-03

2019-04 to 2020-03

% change


% of thefts


% of thefts

ACT 105 1.2 122 1.2 16.2%
NSW 2,023 22.6 2,155 21.7 6.5%
NT 85 1.0 94 0.9 10.6%
QLD 1,792 20.0 2,128 21.4 18.8%
SA 623 7.0 865 8.7 38.8%
TAS 163 1.8 219 2.2 34.4%
VIC 2,057 23.0 2,177 21.9 5.8%
WA 2,090 23.4 2,178 21.9 4.2%
AUS 8,938 100.0 9,938 100.0 11.2%

Time to recover

Worse still for the owners, stolen motorcycle recovered within seven days dropped by 10%.

The time to recover stolen motorcycles increased most in Victoria and was more pronounced in metropolitan areas.

Most stolen vehicles took longer to recover the more expensive and younger they were.

However, stolen motorcycles did not show any considerable differences in the time to recover across vehicle age.

The Council believes some of the reasons for the longer recovery period for motorcycles include:

  • An increase in the use of cloned number plates to avoid detection and the elimination of registration labels. This makes it more difficult for police to detect stolen vehicles and gives thieves more time to use the stolen vehicle.
  • Changes in police priorities including a greater focus on drugs, terrorism and domestic violence.
  • Offenders’ perception of police pursuit policies. Offenders may believe that by riding dangerously they can convince police to pull out of a pursuit thus enabling them to keep the stolen vehicle for a longer period of time.
  • An indication that offenders are getting older and less likely to be detected by police based purely on their age.
  • A community shift to a “mind your own business” approach to crime. People may be less likely to ‘get involved’ if they see an abandoned vehicle resulting in a delay in it being report to authorities. There is also a possibility that this change in social attitude is more evident in metropolitan areas.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Stolen bike ridden on wrong side of road

A 38-year-old man has been arrested after feeing police on a stolen motorbike, riding on the wrong side of the road at Pomona on the Queensland Sunshine Coast overnight (1 September 2019).

Police will allege that at 9.17pm they spotted a stolen motorcycle on Pomona Connection Road at Pomona and activated their lights and siren.

The rider crossed double lines to the wrong side of the road on a corner and accelerated away, turning into Bakers and Enchelmeier roads before heading on to a track and hitting a wire fence.

“The man fled on foot and was subsequently located by a police dog and arrested,” police say.

The Torquay man has been charged with one count of dangerous driving, burglary, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, stealing, receiving tainted property, unlicensed driving, possession of dangerous drug (amphetamine) and evade police.

He has also been charged with two counts of assaulting police and four counts of obstructing police.

The man suffered non life-threatening injuries to his neck and was transported to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital where he remains.

He will appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court at a later date.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

Quote this reference number: QP1901707869

It follows another crash involving a stolen motorcycle on Thursday night in Granville, NSW.

Fatal crashnsw cops police Horror bike crashes in two states lying seeking dubbo overnight bail wrong

In another motorcycle incident last night, a man has died after a motorcycle crashed int a tree in Sydney’s west.

NSW Police say the accident occurred about 6pm at the end of Grafton Place, near Cobb Place, Jamisontown.

The rider was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition.

Sadly, he later died.

Our sincere condolences to the man’s family and friends.

Police are yet to formally identified the man but is believed to be aged 35.

Officers from Nepean Police Area Command established a crime scene and the circumstances surrounding the crash are being investigated.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com