Motorcycle thefts on the rise

Date 13.7.2015

Presented by
  • Motorcycle Trader


Alarmingly, two in three motorcycles are stolen from the home. Thefts are also occurring on the street, plus car parks belonging to residential apartments and commercial buildings.

A common trend is for offenders to use a van or a sedan with a trailer attached, negating most common security measures.


  • The top targeted bikes, making up over half of all thefts, are Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and KTM.
  • Newer models are more often the target of theft with one in four stolen less than four years old.
  • Scooters make up the highest proportion of thefts, followed by dirt bikes. Many off-road bikes are not registered, making theft particularly problematic.
  • Motorcycles with an engine capacity of 50cc or less (such as scooters and mini bikes) are the top theft targets, closely followed by 200 and 250cc.
  • Motorcycle thefts now amount to one in six of all stolen vehicles, due to their ease of portability, high demand for parts and poor identification. Less than half of these bikes will be recovered.


In collaboaration with police, the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council recommends these safety tips:

Park wisely
• Park in well-lit areas and use designated motorcycle parking spaces and anchorage points where possible
• When at home, try to park behind lockable gates or in a locked garage and secure your bike by locking it to an immovable object or anchorage
• Use a motorcycle cover to conceal your bike – few will risk blind theft

Secure your bike
• Ensure your motorcycle is insured
• Always use the steering lock. Also use a manual locking device such as a disc lock, U-Lock or chain and padlock. A high-tensile chain and matching security lock through the rear wheel or frame of the bike and secured to railings or a convenient lamp post is a good deterrent
• Invest in a good alarm to go with your lock – don’t let your bike go quietly
• Consider installing an engine immobiliser to ensure the bike cannot be ridden away
• Be sure to record the bike’s VIN – a 17-digit number that uniquely identifies that bike – so that if your bike is stolen you can report it to the police. Doing so will increase the chances of your motorcycle being recovered

Purchase smartly
• Consider security features when purchasing your motorcycle
• If buying privately conduct a Personal Property Securities Register (PPSR) check to ensure the vehicle is not under finance, or listed as stolen or written-off. Go to for more information

The National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council works with its partners to reduce the level of vehicle theft in Australia and the associated cost of this crime to the community.

More information on the Council can be found at