POLICE say carjackings have shot up by 80 per cent in Victoria in the last year. Crime Statistics Agency data shows that from April 2015 to March 2016 there were 171 incidents where motor vehicle thefts co-occurred with robberies.

That is compared to 95 the previous year.

“As carjacking is not an offence these two offences are the most accurate reflection of what people understand is a ‘carjacking’,” A Victoria Police spokeswoman said.

It comes as the state Opposition moves to make carjacking and aggravated carjacking criminal offences in their own right, with jail terms of 15 years and 25 years respectively.

Edward O’Donohue, the shadow police minister, said: “The Liberal Nationals Coalition has today introduced legislation to make carjacking a specific and serious crime in Victoria.