New Car Security and Shifting Vehicle Theft Patterns in Australia

Since July 2001, all new passenger vehicles sold in Australia have been required to be fitted with an Australian Standard engine immobilizer prior to sale. This article reports on a study undertaken in Australia to determine the effects of the use of these immobilizers. The authors note that earlier research done in the European Union (Brown and Thomas, 1998) showed that immobilizers were effective in reducing vehicle theft rates, but also that there was some evidence of a displacement in thefts towards older, non-immobilized vehicle. The authors of this study replicate the Brown and Thomas design using Australian data from the National Comprehensive Auto-theft Research System Project. They found that immobilizers are associated with a strong decline in motor vehicle theft in Australia in recent years. The authors note that there is some evidence of displacement towards older vehicles, particularly for unrecovered thefts. The article concludes with a discussion of the possible causes that would explain these findings. The Comprehensive Auto-theft Research System Project is funded by the Australian National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC).

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  • Authors:
    • Kriven, Sophie
    • Ziersch, Emma
  • Publication Date: 2007-4


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: pp 111-122
  • Serial:
    • Security Journal
    • Volume: 20
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
    • ISSN: 0955-1662
    • EISSN: 1743-4645

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  • Accession Number: 01055977
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 30 2007 6:20AM