Fit Vehicles with Tracking Devices to Counter Car Theft
Almost 16,000 vehicles have been stolen in Victoria within the last 12 months at a cost of 128 million U.S. dollars.
Data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Thursday revealed that the overall number of cars stolen in Australia was 56,000 in 2016, a five-year high.
"I would call it a game-changer. It's a more sophisticated way to deal with vehicle theft. Using this and other new technologies could potentially eliminate vehicle theft," Hill told Australian media on Friday.
Officers will be able to track vehicles fitted with the trackers that are stolen using a 10 million U.S dollars monitoring hub.
One thousand vehicles will be fitted with trackers as part of the 12-month trial. If one of the tracked vehicles is stolen, the owner only needs to activate the tracker using their mobile phone and officers can see the location of the vehicle within a few meters in real-time.