Talk:Motor vehicle theft

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Why is this a different crime than 'theft'?[edit]

Theft is illegal, and so theft of a car is also illegal. Why would anyone need a different law for cars? I don't think it's about the cost of the car, because you can steal things that are more or less expensive than a car... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:43, 1 June 2012 (UTC)

Car theft involves entering into a "private space" or "property", in most jurisdictions inside a locked vehicle is considered private space and requires warrant or consent for a search. Also car theft involves driving of vehicle which is part of moving violations, moving private property, and breaking and entering. All these makes motor vehicle theft a higher crime than say shoplifting or pickpocket, and in most jurisdictions falls under grand theft, auto. Neoking (talk) 23:53, 22 February 2016 (UTC)


Biggest weakness of this article: it makes no mention of what are the potential penalties for committing this crime. (talk) 10:52, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Pointless statistics[edit]

What does the number of vehicle thefts per capita mean? The rates can only be compared if you assume that the number of vehicles per capita is the same. Developed, car-dependent countries have anywhere from 500 to 800 cars per capita, while developing countries have in the range of 100-200. Undeveloped countries have as few as 2 cars per 1000 people. Italy and Malaysia might have a similar number of thefts per capita, but the number of vehicles in Italy is twice Malaysia. The number of thefts per vehicle is 50% higher in Malaysia than Italy. The rate of vehicle theft ins countries with large populations and very few vehicles is meaningless statistical noise.

This table might make some kind of sense given context, such as grouping the countries by degree of motorization, or at least adding population and number of vehicles, and thefts per vehicle, to the table. The more meaningful context would be the general rate of crime in a country -- all else being equal, the norm would be for motor vehicle theft to track with other property crime. But when motorization, industrialization, wealth, and/or urbanization are unequal, comparing car theft rates per capita means nothing. As it stands, the data with only number of thefts and thefts per capita is useless gibberish. --Dennis Bratland (talk) 00:31, 10 January 2017 (UTC)


Hello, the article doesn't describe the reason why cars are stolen. Yes it's usually for money, but there's many ways of making money with stolen cars. Can you expand the article to describe them? Thanks! -- (talk) 21:00, 3 April 2017 (UTC)