An Act to amend the Crimes Act 1900 and other Acts with respect to damage to property that consists of removing, obliterating, defacing or altering the unique identifier of the property.
1 Name of Act
This Act is the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Property Identification) Act 2003.
This Act commences on a day to be appointed by proclamation.
Schedule 1 Amendment of Crimes Act 1900 No 40
(Section 3 (1))
Section 194 Interpretation
Insert after section 194 (3):(4) For the purposes of this Division, damaging property includes removing, obliterating, defacing or altering the unique identifier of the property. The unique identifier is any numbers, letters or symbols that are marked on or attached to the property as a permanent record so as to enable the property to be distinguished from similar property.
Schedule 2 Amendment of Criminal Procedure Act 1986 No 209
(Section 3 (2))
Schedule 1 Indictable offences triable summarily
Insert before the heading to Table 1:Table 1A General provisions1A Interpretation: value of propertyFor the purposes of this Schedule, a reference to the amount of damage to property in connection with a charge for an offence against section 195 or 197 of the Crimes Act 1900 is a reference to the total value of the property where the damage consists of removing, obliterating, defacing or altering the unique identifier of the property.
Schedule 3 Amendment of Pawnbrokers and Second-hand Dealers Act 1996 No 13
(Section 3 (3))
Section 19 Duty to report suspicious goods
Insert at the end of section 19:(2) If the licensee or employee is aware that the unique identifier of the goods has been removed, obliterated, defaced or altered, the licensee or employee is presumed (for the purposes of this section) to suspect that the goods may have been stolen.(3) In this section, unique identifier of goods means any numbers, letters or symbols that are marked on or attached to the goods as a permanent record so as to enable the goods to be distinguished from similar goods.