Police in two states have seized 11 stolen motorbikes under investigations into motor vehicle theft and rebirthing as motorbike theft runs rampant across the nation.
Two of the bikes were seized in Deer Park, north-west Melbourne, and nine in Western Sydney after a police pursuit of an unlicensed rider.
In Victoria, Vehicle Crime Squad detectives investigating theft and rebirthing in the North West Melbourne area as part of Operation Unwanted this morning (30 April 2019) executed warrants at three private properties on Robinsons Road, Deer Park. A 37-year-old man from Point Cook is “assisting police with their enquiries”.
NSW Police have also today charged a western Sydney man after he allegedly rode a stolen motorbike in Oxley Park last Friday (26 April 2019).
Officers from North West Metropolitan Region Operational Support Group attempted to pull the rider over, but he failed to stop and a pursuit was initiated.
“Due to the erratic behaviour and speed of the bike the pursuit was terminated within minutes,” NSW Police say.
An investigation was immediately launched, and officers attended a unit on Adelaide Street, Oxley Park, where police allegedly seized four stolen trail bikes.
Police have now arrested and charged a 28-year-old Oxley Park man with a police pursuit, riding while a licence was refused, riding a motorcycle without the consent of the owner, speeding and dangerous riding.
Further investigations led police to a unit on Marsden Street, St Marys, where the stolen motorbike he was riding was found along with four more stolen motorbikes.
All the motorcycles were seized and inquiries into their ownership continue.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers onlineor phone 1800 333 000. Information is treated in confidence and the public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.
Motorcycle theft is running rampant throughout Australia, according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.
Thefts increased by 597 (7.3%) last year to a total of 8746 with a recovery rate of just 47%.
Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hrambanis says the biggest rises in motorcycle theft were in NSW and Queensland.
The Council is shortly expected to release a review of the amended NSW Crimes Act which introduced a new offence of knowingly facilitating a rebirthing activity carried out on an organised basis.
It was designed to deter thieves by applying tougher penalties to any and all members in a theft network involved in stealing your motorcycle or car with tougher penalties.
While it seemed a good idea at the time, the figures seem to show it is not working.
We will have a report on the review in coming weeks.
Theft by state
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“In most cases vehicle theft is almost always opportunistic, with the vehicle being stolen for short-term use and later recovered (78% in Queensland),” Caitlin says.
Unlike most modern cars which have self-alarming engine immobilisers, many motorcycles need owners to lock them with a chain, disc lock or an alarm switch.
She says they can easily be stolen without requiring any keys.
“Motorcycles have their own set of challenges due to their ease of portability, the high demand for parts and poor identification,” she says.
“Two in three motorcycles are also stolen from the home, making home security, protecting keys and considerations of where the bike is stored also important.
“In Queensland, around a quarter of all bikes stolen are off-road bikes, which often makes recovery difficult as they are not subject to a registration system.”
Bike theft is rampant in South East Queensland with Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Logan and Moreton Bay all in the top 10 local authority regions for bike theft.
|State or Territory||LGA||2014||2018||% change|
|QLD||Gold Coast (City)||169||244||44.4%|
|VIC||Port Phillip (City)||62||136||119.4%|
|QLD||Moreton Bay (Regional Council)||149||132||-11.4%|
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