Calls for Signs to be Installed on Border Between NSW and Vivtoria

A politician has called for road signs on the state boarder warning NSW drivers they are ’50 percent more likely’ to have their car stolen when they cross into Victoria.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly, who is also chairman of parliament’s joint committee on law ­enforcement, made the comment after reading the latest figures from the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council.

The data revealed that reveals 16,599 cars were stolen in Victoria between October 2016 and September last year, and 12,209 were stolen in NSW- where there is a larger population, The Australian reported.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly has called for a parliamentary inquiry into car theft in Australia

‘With such a dramatic difference, there is a good case that large warning signs should be erected on the NSW-Victorian border ­informing NSW motorists that once they cross into Victoria, they are 50 per cent more likely to have their car stolen,’ Mr Kelly said.

 ‘If the substantially higher theft rate in Victoria continues, it is possible that NSW motorists will need special insurance cover if they plan to drive across the border into the badlands of Victoria.’

Victoria Police’s acting commander of the southern metropolitan region Paul Hollowood said there have ‘dramatic’ been changes in the way criminals stole cars over the past two years.

Car thieves are now ­officially on notice- the car they plan to steal may be equipped with a tracking device that police can trace in real time,’ Mr Hollowood said.

He said the latest figures showed a 12.9 percent decrease in the number of vehicles stolen in Victoria.

Liberal MP Craig Kelly has called for a parliamentary inquiry into car theft in Australia.

A Liberal MP has called for road signs on the state boarder warning NSW drivers they are '50 percent more likely' to have their car stolen when they cross into Victoria

A Liberal MP has called for road signs on the state boarder warning NSW drivers they are ’50 percent more likely’ to have their car stolen when they cross into Victoria

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