New Measures to Tackle Car Re-Birthing Applauded

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New Measures to Tackle Car Re-Birthing Applauded

     RELEASE NO. 67


    0600hrs 31 October 2003

    New WA Laws to Tackle Car Re-Birthing Applauded

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC) today welcomed

    new West Australian laws to control the use of wrecked vehicle identities which it

    says are crucial to shutting down professional car theft rings.

Mr David Morgan, Chairman of the NMVTRC, said, “Every month in Australia

    criminals launder more than $7 million of re-identified stolen vehicles through

    state and territory registration systems. Most of these stolen vehicles go through

    the system undetected because thieves are able to substitute the car’s unique 17

    digit vehicle identification number (VIN) with the number from a similar vehicle

    that has been severely damaged and declared a write-off. These “re-birthed”

    cars are then sold to unsuspecting buyers who are unaware they have purchased

    a stolen car.”

Under the new laws which came into effect today, insurers, motor dealers and

    recyclers must report details of written-off vehicles to the Department for Planning

    and Infrastructure. Vehicles that are deemed to be too badly damaged for safe

    repair will be banned from re-registration while repairable write-offs will have to

    undergo a new stringent identity inspection before being registered.

Mr Morgan explained that, “Capturing and controlling the use of written-off vehicle

    identities is central to our national strategy to combat vehicle theft. Professional

    thieves do not recognise state and territory boundaries except to use them to

    exploit differences in registration procedures. With the commencement of WA’s

    written-off vehicle register we now have consistent arrangements for managing

    wrecked vehicle identities from Perth to Darwin and right through to Hobart which

    will make organised car thieves feel increasingly uncomfortable.”

Mr Morgan repeated the NMVTRC’s call for the South Australian government to

    implement the agreed national policy as swiftly as possible.

These new laws will complement the renewed focus of Australian police services

    on vehicle theft by allowing them to quickly identify thieves who try to launder

    stolen cars through the registration system. “Authorities are now able to tackle

    car theft on a range of fronts and we would expect to see a significant downturn

    in professional theft activity across Australia over the coming year.” Mr Morgan


    The NMVTRC is a joint initiative of all Australian governments and the insurance


For Further Information:

    ? Ray Carroll, Executive Director, NMVTRC, (03) 9348 0644 or 0408 379 349

    ? Geoff Hughes, DirectorStrategy & Programming, NMVTRC, (03) 9348 0644 or

    0412 522 060

    2003 Q2

    VEHICLE THEFT IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2003 Q1(2002/03 Financial Year)

    2002 Q4

     2002 Q3

    Theft and Non-Recoveries by Quarter2002 Q2

    2002 Q1Stolen

    3,500Not Recovered2001 Q4


    2001 Q32,500

    2001 Q22,000

    1,5002001 Q1

    1,0002000 Q4

    5002000 Q3


    2000 Q2

    2000 Q1

? Western Australia (WA) recorded 10,060 vehicle thefts over the last year

    representing a reduction of 12 per cent over the previous twelve months.

    ? WA recorded 6.9 thefts per 1,000 vehicles registered and 5.2 thefts per 1,000

    population during the last twelve months, compared to 5.1 and 7.5 nationally. ? While WA’s mandatory immobiliser scheme has produced a substantial decline in

    the total volume of theft in recent years, the number of later model (post-1991)

    vehicles that are not recovered each quarter has almost doubled since mid-2001

    (145 cf 282). Around 23 per cent of vehicles stolen in WA are never recovered. ? The most popular theft targets for organised criminals in WA are:

    Toyota Landcruiser 70 Series; Holden Commodore VT, VR, VS & VP models;

    and Ford Falcon EF. Thieves laundered more than $1.2 million worth of these

    vehicles alone in the last 12 months.

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