3 Dec 2011

Stolen vehicles listed in publicly accessible database

9:00 am on 3 December 2011

Police have launched a public database of stolen vehicles.

The free service was developed in partnership with a group of security, retail and banking businesses which are part of the Crime Prevention Partnership Forum.

Deputy police commissioner Mike Bush says anyone will be able to access the database of vehicles reported stolen in the past six months.

People can enter a registration, vehicle identification or chassis number on the website.

Mr Bush says if the vehicle is on the list as stolen, people will able to report its location to police.

The theft of vehicles has dropped by about a third since 1995 and about 20,000 are currently stolen each year.

The cost to the insurance industry is about $80 million.