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1234.0 - Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC), 1997  
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Contents >> Chapter 3: Definitions >> 08 Theft and Related Offences

Division 08 - Theft and Related Offences

The unlawful taking or obtaining of money or goods not involving the use of force, threat of force or violence, coercion or deception, with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the owner or possessor of the use of the money or goods, or the receiving or handling of money or goods obtained unlawfully.

This division is further disaggregated into subdivisions on the basis of the following elements:

      • whether or not the property taken was a motor vehicle;
      • whether or not the offence involved the actual taking or obtaining of money or goods;
      • whether or not the intent was to permanently deprive the owner/possessor of the use of the property.

Offences in this division are classified into the following subdivisions:
    081 Motor Vehicle Theft and Related Offences
    082 Theft (Except Motor Vehicles)
    083 Receiving or Handling Proceeds of Crime
    084 Illegal Use of Property (Except Motor Vehicles)


Subdivision 081 - Motor Vehicle Theft and Related Offences

The taking of another person's motor vehicle illegally and without permission with the intent of either temporarily or permanently depriving the owner or possessor of the use of the motor vehicle. The taking of another person's motor vehicle parts or its contents illegally, whether or not this also involves the taking of the motor vehicle.

This subdivision is disaggregated on the basis of whether or not the taking of another person's motor vehicle was intended to be a temporary or permanent action, or whether it was just the vehicle's parts or contents that were taken.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following groups:

    0811 Theft of a Motor Vehicle
    0812 Illegal Use of a Motor Vehicle
    0813 Theft of Motor Vehicle Parts or Contents

    Exclusions
    :
    The fraudulent conversion of a motor vehicle. This is coded to Group 0931, Dishonest Conversion
    Tampering with a motor vehicle (where no property is stolen). This is coded to Subdivision 121, Property Damage
    Offences relating to the operation of a stolen motor vehicle. These are coded to Division 14, Road Traffic and Motor Vehicle Regulatory Offences
    0811 Theft of a Motor Vehicle
    The taking of another person's motor vehicle illegally and without permission with the intent of permanently depriving the owner or possessor of the use of the motor vehicle.

      Exclusions
      :
      Using/taking a motor vehicle temporarily without consent. This is coded to Group 0812, Illegal Use of a Motor Vehicle
    0812 Illegal Use of a Motor Vehicle
    The taking of another person's motor vehicle illegally and without permission with the intent of temporarily depriving the owner or possessor of the use of the motor vehicle.

      Exclusions
      :
      Permanently taking a motor vehicle without consent. This is coded to Group 0811, Theft of a Motor Vehicle
    0813 Theft of Motor Vehicle Pparts or Contents
    The unlawful taking of parts or contents from another person's motor vehicle illegally and without permission.

      Exclusions
      :
      The fraudulent conversion of a motor vehicle. This is coded to Group 0931, Dishonest Conversion


Subdivision 082 - Theft (except Motor Vehicles)

The unlawful taking or obtaining of money, goods or services other than or from motor vehicles, without the use of force, threat of force or violence, coercion or deception, with the intent to permanently deprive the owner or possessor of the use of the money or goods.

This subdivision is further disaggregated on the basis of the type of theft that occurred.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following groups:

    0821 Theft From a Person (Excluding by Force)
    0822 Theft of Intellectual Property
    0823 Theft From Retail Premises
    0829 Theft (Except Motor Vehicles), nec

    Exclusions
    :
    Theft involving the unlawful entry of a structure. This is coded to Group 0711, Unlawful Entry with Intent/Burglary, Break and Enter
    0821 Theft from a Person (Excluding by Force)
    Taking money or personal goods, whether from the immediate possession or control of a person without the use of force, threat of force or violence or putting the victim in fear.

      Inclusions
      :
      Pickpocketing
      Bagsnatching where no assault takes place
      Passport theft
      Theft of deeds, Bill of Sale
      Theft of cheques, credit cards and EFTPOS cards
      Stealing from a residence to which the offender had been invited

      Exclusions
      :
      Theft from a person with the use of force, threat of force or by putting the person in fear is coded to Subdivision 061, Robbery
      Use of stolen cheques, credit cards and EFTPOS cards. These are coded to Group 0911, Cheque or Credit Card Fraud
      Use of stolen Bill of Sale. This is coded to Group 0912, Make, Use or Possess Equipment to Make False/Illegal Financial Instrument
      Use of stolen deeds. This is coded to Group 0919, Fraud, nec
    0822 Theft of Intellectual Property
    Theft, whether by photocopying, photographing, electronic or other means, of copyrights, patents or other intellectual property defined by legislation.

      Inclusions
      :
      Computer hacking involving theft of intellectual property
      Computer software piracy
      Industrial espionage not involving physical removal of property

      Exclusions
      :
      Computer hacking involving fraud. This is coded to Subdivision 091, Fraud, Forgery or False Financial Instruments
      Computer hacking involving property damage. This is coded to Subdivision 121, Property Damage
      Computer hacking involving breach of government security. This is coded to Subdivision 153, Offences Against Government Security
      Computer hacking not involving theft of intellectual property, fraud, property damage or breach of government security. This is coded to Group 1612, Offences Against Privacy
    0823 Theft from Retail Premises
    Theft from retail premises of goods for sale, other than motor vehicles, by avoiding payment for those goods. This may also include the taking from retail premises of items not for sale, such as tools, equipment or furnishings.

      Inclusions
      :
      Shoplifting

      Exclusions
      :
      Theft of motor vehicles from motor vehicle retailers. This is coded to 0811, Motor Vehicle Theft
      Fare evasion. This is coded to Group 0915, Fare Evasion
      Leaving restaurant without paying. This is coded to Group 0829, Theft (Except Motor Vehicles), nec
      Wrongful evasion of payment for services. This is coded to Group 0829, Theft (Except Motor Vehicles), nec
      Theft from retail premises which only involves the taking of tools, equipment, furnishings or other items not for sale. This is coded to Group 0829, Theft (Except Motor Vehicles), nec
      Illegal entry to a shop for the purposes of theft. This is coded to Group 0711, Unlawful Entry with Intent/Burglary, Break and Enter
      Fraudulent conversion. This is coded to Group 0931, Dishonest Conversion
    0829 Theft (Except Motor Vehicles), nec
    Theft, of money, goods or services, not elsewhere classified in Subdivision 082, Theft (Except Motor Vehicles).

      Inclusions
      :
      Leaving restaurant without paying
      Theft of another person's vehicle, other than a motor vehicle
      Illicit drug theft
      Theft of weapons or explosives
      Theft by avoiding payment
      Evasion of payment for services
      Theft from retail premises which only involves the taking of tools, equipment, furnishings or other items not for sale

      Exclusions
      :
      Fare evasion. This is coded to Group 0915, Fare Evasion
      Illegal entry to a shop for the purposes of theft. This is coded to Group 0711, Unlawful Entry with Intent/Burglary, Break and Enter
      Fraudulent conversion. This is coded to Group 0931, Dishonest Conversion


Subdivision 083 - Receiving or Handling Proceeds of Crime

Receiving, handling or processing money or goods taken or obtained illegally.

This subdivision is not further disaggregated.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following group:

    0831 Receiving or Handling Proceeds of Crime

    0831 Receiving or Handling Proceeds of Crime
    Receiving, handling or processing money or goods taken or obtained illegally.

      Inclusions
      :
      Money laundering
      Possession of stolen goods
      Possession of money from sale of illicit drugs


Subdivision 084 - Illegal Use of Property (Except Motor Vehicles)

The taking of another person's property other than a motor vehicle, illegally and without permission with the intent of temporarily depriving the owner or possessor of the use of the property.

This subdivision is not further disaggregated.

Offences in this subdivision are classified into the following group:

    0841 Illegal Use of Property (Except Motor Vehicles)

    0841 Illegal Use of Property (Except Motor Vehicles)
    The taking of another person's property other than a motor vehicle, illegally and without permission with the intent of temporarily depriving the owner or possessor of the use of the property.

      Inclusions
      :
      Illegal use of vehicles other than motor vehicles



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