Australia’s Car Theft Crisis – And How GPS is Solving It

52,858 vehicles were stolen in Australia during 2017. That’s about one car every 10 minutes.

This unsettling statistic was released alongside nationwide vehicle theft numbers for 2017, but the issue has been in headlines – and on the minds of vehicle owners – for much longer than that.

Australia’s rate of vehicle theft has been rising for years, and despite a slight dip in thefts in 2017, the issue is one that law enforcement has found challenging to tackle. In fact, despite police’s best efforts, about 45% of all Australian passenger and light commercial vehicles are at a medium to high risk of theft.

With the danger of theft this high, most car and business owners are asking two important questions: ‘What do I need to worry about?’ and ‘How do I protect my assets?’

Let’s start with the first question. Here’s what you need to worry about: a snapshot of Australia’s car theft problem. (We’ll explain how GPS can help protect vehicles and other assets straight after!)

 

Australia’s Car Theft Problem

What kind of problem are we looking at? Who should be worried about their cars? Let’s run the numbers:

The 2015/2016 year is the latest for which full data is available. Over 54,000 vehicles were stolen that year. 

What’s being Stolen?

  • 80% were passenger/light commercial vehicles
  • 15% were motorcycles; and
  • 5% were classified as ‘other vehicles’ (such as heavy trucks and tractors).
  • 46% of passenger and light commercial vehicles had a medium to high risk of theft in 2015/16
  • Estimated value of passenger and light commercial vehicles stolen in Australia in 2015/16 was $499.7 million.

How is it being Stolen?

  • More than 50% of all vehicles were stolen from a residence in 2015/16
  • Most vehicles are stolen between 4pm and midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Sports cars have the highest theft rate
  • 29% of stolen vehicles are never recovered

Statistics courtesy of the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.

 

How GPS is Solving Vehicle Theft in Australia

The idea is simple – if you can track a stolen vehicle, you can lead police directly to it.

For this reason, car and business owners are looking increasingly to GPS tracking systems for an affordable anti-theft tool.

Modern GPS can offer 24/7 vehicle tracking, and can provide a number of specialised anti-theft features including:

  • Alerts when vehicle doors are unlocked or opened
  • Anytime tracking access via smartphone or computer
  • Small, easy to conceal trackers that thieves cannot locate or remove
  • Remote vehicle shut down

The ability to track and follow thieves has proven effective and affordable on an individual and business basis. So much so, that Australian police forces are testing it out for themselves.

 

Victoria Police Trial GPS for Anti-Theft

Nearly 16,000 vehicles were stolen in Victoria alone last year.

This statistic, along with the effectiveness of GPS tracking for catching vehicle thieves, has prompted the Victoria Police to launch an official anti-theft GPS tracking trial. Last September, 1,000 cars were fitted with GPS devices that can pinpoint vehicles to within a few metres.

The hope is that this trial will allow officers to not only find stolen vehicles, but crack down on other types of crime as well.

“The serious crimes that we see in this state, whether it be drive-by shootings, armed robberies or commercial burglaries, on the large majority of occasions there is always a stolen vehicle involved and that enables the crime,” Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill said.

 

Learn More About GPS Tracking

If you’d like to learn more about how GPS Tracking is solving the vehicle theft issue and what it might do for you or your business, have a read through our website or get in touch:

 

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Top 5 Reasons To Use GPS Tracking For Your Fleet in Australia

With Australia’s unique economy, many businesses utilize fleets for business operations . Existing businesses who use GPS Tracking for fleet management already know the importance of the technology, but if you are new to the industry and still unsure about GPS Tracking – here are top 5 reasons why you need to use GPS Tracking for fleet management in Australia.

Fuel Cost Reduction
GPS vehicle tracking features can almost always let you to monitor and subsequently help reduce fuel costs. One such feature is monitoring the speed of your vehicles. Maintaining the speed limits can significantly affect the fuel usage and in turn reduce the amount of fuel used by your vehicles. BlackBox Control’s vehicle tracking solutions provide speed information and alert you, so that you are aware when a vehicle exceeds set speed thresholds. Upon cross referencing with other relevant data, you can make an informed decision of how efficiently you can use your fuel.

Furthermore, you can track if your vehicle is on idle mode. Excessive idling has contributed to high fuel costs for many businesses in Australia. Unproductive usage of fuel for climate control can cut a hole in your pocket. GPS Tracking allows you to reduce idling times by alerting you when vehicles idle longer than a preset duration so you can take corrective action. You can also monitor routes taken by drivers and consider more efficient ways in which to operate your fleet.

Driver Performance
Drivers are an integral part of your fleet management. Therefore, it is paramount to your business to know what GPS Tracking can do to help the drivers of your fleet.

BlackBox Control provides a variety of information regarding driving behaviour, including vehicle speed, engine start-up and shut-down, idling time and of course, mapping movement.

This information will allow your business to have practical policies for driving and training your drivers for efficiency. It can also help you to manage risks in the case of curbing unwanted behaviours such as excessive speeding, vehicle idling and tardiness if initiated by the driver.

Increasing Security and Safety
GPS Tracking can help improve security and safety of your staff and your fleet. For instance, if your business is in the mining industry and it requires movement of your vehicles in remote locations, you need to be able to know the whereabouts and status of staff. GPS Tracking your fleet can alert you in the case of stolen vehicles, accidents and poor driving behaviours. Whether it’s a working day or after-hours – you can stay alert if a vehicle is used outside the guidelines.

BlackBox features include alerting functions that let you know when vehicles are due for routine maintenance. Proper maintenance ensures that your vehicles are compliant with safety guidelines and can help reduce repair costs in the long run.

Enhancing Customer Service with Improved Routing and Dispatching
Customer service is integral part of any business. A proper tracking platform, like BlackBox Control provides, gives the ability to direct drivers to a job site – which in turn lets you provide immaculate service for your customers.

Fleet owners know the exact location of every fleet vehicle. This gives dispatchers the ability to effectively direct drivers to any job site, or redirect drivers due to delays and changing circumstances.

GPS Tracking solutions also allow you to locate and dispatch the closest vehicle to any job site. In doing so, fleet managers will know if drivers use the vehicles for unauthorized journeys or take extended routes to job sites. This reduces fuel usage and vehicle mileage, and increases the number of jobs completed per day.

Better routing and dispatching helps you get to your customers more quickly. You will also be able to determine when a vehicle arrived on a job and when it left, providing accurate and verifiable proof of services.

Using Reports and Alerts
GPS Tracking solutions allow you to generate concise and easy to understand reports on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. In addition, you have the ability to gain instant access to reports at the click of a few buttons. The data can be organized to give you information about daily vehicle activity, speeding violations, violations of company driving policy, a complete list of vehicle starts and stops, excessive idling times and much more.

GPS Tracking platforms can allow you to have extensive historical reporting functions. Using data mining techniques, you can compare the performance between two employees, or compare an employee’s performance against the company average in areas such as speeding, idling, kilometers driven and engine on or off times.

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If your business is new to GPS Tracking, then it is high time for you to integrate GPS technology and when it comes to GPS Tracking, you have to look no further than BlackBox Control. Our industry expertise and credibility that come with a TCA certification and alignment with ISO 9001:2015 among many others. Rest assured, BlackBox Control is a leading name for GPS Tracking in Australia that provides you the solution you need.