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116% increase in stolen cars

10 January 2024

Queensland endures worst year on record
Crims run rings around Labor’s weak laws

Shocking new figures released by the Queensland Police Service have revealed Queensland’s Crime Crisis has careered further out of control in 2023 due to Labor’s weak laws and falling police numbers.

The data reported 20,211 cars were stolen last year, up from 19,262 in 2022.

It is the first time Queensland has surpassed 20,000 stolen cars in one calendar year.

The numbers show a staggering rise of 116% since Labor first came to office and watered down the laws in 2015, when 9359 cars were stolen across Queensland that year.

Labor has rolled out multiple ‘crime plans’ during this term of Government, but Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said despite all the promises and rhetoric, these new statistics prove crime gets worse under Labor.

“Labor has rolled out different laws, recycled plans and different faces, but this is the categoric proof the crime crisis has got worse under their watch,” Mr Crisafulli said.

Shadow Police Minister Dan Purdie said the Police Minister promised Queenslanders more police and the toughest laws in the country, but delivered neither.

“It’s clear the State Labor Government has failed to keep Queensland communities safe,” Mr Purdie said.

“Mark Ryan has failed to acknowledge there is a crime crisis and refused to listen to Queenslanders.

“Weaker laws and fewer police, is it any wonder Queensland is in the middle of a youth crime crisis?

“The chaos and crisis that has engulfed the State Labor Government has made Queenslanders less safe.”

Shadow Minister for Youth Justice and Victim Support Laura Gerber said communities are sick of living in fear.

“Premier Steven Miles admitted Labor’s youth crime policy cupboard is bare,” Ms Gerber said

“These shocking new figures prove they were the only true words spoken by the State Government over 12 months ago.

“These figures reveal the full extent of the Queensland crime crisis and how the State Labor Government has failed to get tough on crime.

“Queenslanders can no longer trust the State Labor Government to fix the Youth Crime Crisis it created.”

Unlawful use of Motor Vehicle – Queensland

Year Stolen Cars
2015 9359
2023 20,211
Percentage increase 116%