Almost 60,000 vehicles stolen across Australia last year
VEHICLE thefts across the nation rose 7% between 2010 and 2012, with 58,574 cases recorded by police in 2012, the Australian Bureau of Statistics reported on Thursday.
The release of crime and justice figures also revealed a 6% rise in motor vehicle thefts, between 2011 and 2012, with most vehicles stolen from homes or on the streets.
Data on robberies also showed a fall, with total robberies across the nation down 4% to 13,155 during 2012, after a 7% drop the previous year.
However, armed robberies were on the rise, with a 4% increase in 2012 - 47% of which involved a weapon, most commonly a knife or blade.
Figures also showed there were 18,153 victims of reported sexual assaults in 2012, with females aged 15 to 19 years old the most likely to become victims of sexual assault.
Those younger females were more than four times likely to be victims of sexual assault than the overall female rate.
Men continued to be more likely than women to be victims of homicide and related offences, robbery and blackmail or extortion.
47% if armed robberies involved a weapon
6% rise in motor vehicle thefts
4% rise in armed robberies
4% fall in total robberies
18,153 victims of sexual assault
SOURCE: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012.