Author Katrina Grech
Published February 2012
Report Type Bureau Brief No. 69
Subject Driving offences; Prisons and prisoners; Sentencing; Theft / Property crime
Keywords Motor vehicle theft, theft of a motor vehicle, illegal use of a motor vehicle, prison, sentence

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To describe the penalties imposed on adult offenders convicted of motor vehicle theft.


Over the period 2009 to 2010 a total of 1018 offenders were convicted of motor vehicle theft in NSW Local and District Courts. Imprisonment was the most commonly imposed penalty, followed by a bond without supervision and a suspended sentence. The risk of imprisonment increased with the number of prior convictions. In addition, offenders previously imprisoned for theft or a related offence were most likely to be sentenced to imprisonment for their current motor vehicle theft offence (92% and 79% respectively).

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