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Reducing car theft conference

Media Release

28 November 2000

Australia has one of the highest car theft rates in the western world. Last year over 145,000 vehicles were stolen in this country, costing the community an estimated one billion dollars.

The Australian Institute of Criminology, in conjunction with the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council is hosting Reducing Car Theft: How Low Can We Go? The aim of the conference is to explore strategic approaches to preventing car theft in Australia. Specifically, the conference will encourage participants to look beyond past and current theft reduction strategies to examine innovative solutions to achieve significant reductions in Australia's unacceptably high rate of vehicle theft.

Papers being presented at the conference include:

  • new research on the trade in stolen vehicle parts in Australia by Dr Peter Grabosky and Frances Gant (Australian Institute of Criminology);
  • an evaluation of Adelaide's Street Legal Program for young car theft offenders by Jennifer West and Allison Miller (Social Research and Community Consultants)
  • an overview of the direction of technology and car theft prevention by Adam Burford (Robert Bosch Pty Ltd);
  • an appraisal of Western Australia's immobiliser scheme by Greg Forbes (WA Department of Transport); and
  • a critique of the insurance industry's efforts to combat vehicle theft and fraud by Jenny Davidson (NRMA).

The conference will be held in Adelaide at the Novotel on Hindley from Thursday 30 November to Friday 1 December 2000.