Australia is a great country, unless you own a car. In my state of Victoria, which has about 1/3 the population of Australia at a guess, in the last financial year, July 2015 to July 2016, 41 cars were stolen every day. The figure is expected to be higher this year. Some were expensive cars, most not. Regardless, it must be horrible to have your car stolen. We have never had that experience but before we moved to The Highrise, we had our cars broken into and damaged when parked on the street.
Say someone stole our car worth $10,000 and our car wasn't insured against theft. The offender in the rare event that he or she was caught might at worst case receive a good behaviour bond if it was a first offence. Possibly just a good behaviour bond if it was a third offence with a magistrate sternly waving his(sic) finger at the miscreant.
Yet if I stole $10,000 from my bank by nefarious means, I would end up in gaol. The monetary loss is the same, but one is personal and causes extreme stress to often the poorer people, the other to big business who are probably insured against such theft and can claim a tax deduction, yet the crime of stealing from a bank is punished much harder.
And god help you if you are an abused single woman with children who makes a mistake in your favour with your Centrelink statement of your income.
Car theft needs to be judged as a serious crime. I do not understand why it is not but I suspect it isn't for 'respectable' people, because it is covered by insurance. If you are poor, you can barely afford to run a car, let alone insure it.
Lock the car thieves up, I say. No excuses. Steal a car worth $10,000 or steal $10,000 from a bank, it is the same.
But what I will add is that money spent on preventing youth crime is often money very well spent.