Queenslanders robbed of millions in car crime

As new figures revealed car theft in Queensland had jumped a staggering 47 percent since 2015, RACQ has urged the State Government to reinstate vital funding for the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC).

RACQ Head of Technical and Safety Policy Steve Spalding said figures also showed a 13 percent increase in Queensland car crime during 2018, while most other states and territories had trended downwards.

“Not only does the theft of a vehicle have a financial and immediate inconvenience impact, it also takes an emotional toll on the victim,” Mr Spalding said.

“Vehicle crime cost Queenslanders $131 million last year – and it’s money that needn’t be spent if only our State’s leaders reinstated vital funding.”

Mr Spalding said Queensland was the only State no longer part of the NMVTRC, which was established in 1999 as a joint initiative of Australian State and Territory Governments and the insurance industry to advance reform and lower vehicle crime rates.

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“Since 2012, our leaders have backed out of financially supporting the NMVTRC and subsequently missed out on receiving funding for locally-delivered crime prevention programs. We raised concerns back then about how this lack of support would lead to increased car crime and we repeatedly call on the Queensland Government to reconsider,” he said.

“The annual contribution is based on vehicle population, so Queensland would only pay around $206,000. When you think about the millions that could be saved by reducing car theft, as well as flow-on car related crime, it really is small change.

“It’s why we’re joining NMVTRC, the insurance industry and other stakeholders to implore the State Government to re-engage in this strategy and help Queensland better fight vehicle crime.”