Queensland is in the midst of a car theft crisis, with the latest statistics showing a disturbing trend in the southeast and regional communities further north.
August quarterly data from CarSafe reveals vehicle theft in Brisbane soared by nearly 20% in 12 months.
761 vehicles were stolen in the Brisbane Local Government Area, up from 636.
The figures are far worse in Ipswich with a mammoth rise of more than 55%.
Townsville claimed the title as car theft capital of Queensland, while other regional areas like Cairns, Mackay and Toowoomba saw major increases as well.
Opposition Leader David Crisafulli said the state government is losing control of crime.
“Youth crime is ripping apart communities,” Mr Crisafulli said.
“The Opposition has consistently called for the state government to restore breach of bail as an offence for young criminals.
“Repeat offenders should not be allowed to put the safety of Queenslanders at risk.
“Honest Queenslanders expect good governments to get a handle on this sort of crime.”
Shadow Police Minister Dale Last said thousands of Queenslanders fall victim to car theft each year and the state government is failing to stamp it out.
“Youth Crime has increased 183% in Queensland since 2015,” Mr Last said.
“More cars are being stolen more often.
“Police are contacting me every day expressing their frustration.
“They are powerless to take action against young offenders.”