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Motorcycle theft map

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' at netrider.net.au started by Justin Stacks, May 23, 2013.

  1. Came across this today and thought I'd share.

    Click on the numbers to drill down to your suburb.


    Motorbikes: to those who love them, they are synonomous with freedom, power, and class. To others, they are a noisy hazard. To some, they are targets.

    We all know that theives can strike apparently at random, but motorbike theft is a bit different. People who steal cars usually do so "short-term" because they need or want a car for a particular purpose in a particular moment, according to data from national auto theft data centre CARS, the Comprehensive Auto-Theft Research System.

    In contrast, people steal motorcycles for money. More than one-quarter of all motor vehicles stolen "for profit" in 2011-12 were motorcycles. That's more than three times the share motocycles claim of "short-term" thefts,
    for things like joyriding or use in a criminal act. Just 7.8 per cent of short-term thefts were of motorcycles comared to 25.9 per cent of for-profit theft.

    So where does this happen? CARS has helpfully built a map (below). It works best in a modern web browser such as Firefox or Chrome, and will not work as well in Internet Explorer. If you have problems viewing it we recommend you update your browser.

    Zoom in for detailed information about where thefts occur. Hover over a coloured node to see additional information.

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  4. So embarrassing!
  5. Haha it's all good, I usually start every thread with "Sorry if this has been posted before, I searched and didn't find anything". Forum search engines always suck
  6. Great. Just great. No. 1 locality in the eastern states :mad:
    Could be worse though (WA).
  7. This came out in Herald Sun this morning.

    I know of a couple of people who have had their bikes nicked recently in that area. Sounds like its quite well organised.

    Key take home is - keep your addresses undisclosed when selling/buying/repairing your bikes.

    Transcript below.


    Bikie gangs suspects in online motorcycle thefts
    • MARCH 12, 2014 8:03PM
    A NOTORIOUS bikie gang is suspected of going online in search of motorbikes to steal from under their owners' noses.

    The Bandidos-linked suspects are believed to be behind a rebirthing racket with more than 150 motorbikes stolen in the past 12 months across the south-eastern suburbs after they were located on internet sites such as Gumtree and eBay.

    Police targeting the rebirthing racket have launched an operation codenamed "Gillis", which is also investigating whether motorcycle auto shops are also tipping off outlaw bikies and associates to addresses where they can find desirable bikes.

    Prime targets for the team of offenders are late model Japanese and American motorcycles valued at more than $10,000.

    Many sellers are divulging their addresses, making them easy targets for the organised racket.

    Sources have told police the motorcycles are stolen and stripped at a suspected Bandido-operated Dandenong factory before being rebirthed at an unknown location believed to be in the western suburbs.

    The Herald Sun understands the thieves are paid in cash and drugs. Although detectives working on operation Gillis have been told the thefts are linked to the Bandidos, but they are still piecing together where the machines are rebirthed.

    The Monash area has been hardest hit around Monash University, Mulgrave, Glen Waverley and Clayton.

    Motorcycle thefts have been stemmed since a crackdown last year, with 40 motorbikes stolen since last June.

    But thefts have risen in neighbouring south-eastern suburbs. In numerous thefts the culprits use the base of a shopping trolley to cart the motorcycle to a ute and then lift it inside.

    At one premises, two large men lifted a Japanese motorcycle over a fence before putting it in a ute.

    Recovered motorcycles have been found with forged numberplates which are almost identical to VicRoads plates.

    Riders have also been able to speed without fear of being fined. Det Sen Sgt Nathan Kaeser is warning people selling their motorcycles to keep them locked in garages and to meet prospective buyers at a neutral locations.

    "Another problem we've found is people leaving their bikes on nature strips and main roads. They're just an easy target."

    He said many of the victims have not insured their motorbikes for theft and have been left struggling to get to work.

    Anyone with information should contact Monash CIU on 9567 8910.