JOHOR BARU: Motorcyclists here are worried as their vehicles or motorcycle parts are being stolen.
Security officer K. Visvam, 36, said thieves stole the clutch and brake pedals from his Honda NC 750x.
“I parked my motorcycle in a shopping centre car park. After an hour, I returned to find my motorcycle in pieces and those parts were missing.
“I thought it would be safe to park my motorcycle here but I was wrong, ” he said, adding that he had to spend RM500 on repairs and towing charges.
Veterinarian Afiq Sazwan, 29, lost his motorcycle helmet while at a hypermarket near Tebrau late last year.
“I parked and locked my helmet to the seat but the thieves cut the strap off to take the helmet, ” he said.
Another victim, who only wanted to be known as Siva, 32, said his brand new Yamaha LC135 was stolen just two weeks after he bought it.
“Last week, I went to a coffeeshop in Bukit Indah to meet a friend, and during the 30 minutes I was in the shop, the thieves made off with my motorcycle, ” he said.
When contacted, Johor Baru (South) OCPD Asst Comm Shahurinain Jais urged motorcyclists to be more alert and park their vehicles in safer locations.
He advised motorcyclists to use additional locks for their motorcycles to prevent theft.
He also urged parents to keep an eye on their children to ensure they were not involved in cases of motorcycle theft.
Last year, he said police recorded 733 motorcycle thefts in Johor Baru South, with 144 cases recorded within the city centre.
ACP Shahurinain said this was lower than in 2018, when 911 cases of motorcycle thefts in Johor Baru South were reported, with 220 in the city centre.
“Based on the reports we received, motorcycles are mostly stolen from landed properties, which is 42% of the total number, ” he added.
Based on statistics by the Vehicle Theft Reduction Council of Malaysia Bhd, Johor was ranked third in the country with a total of 2,944 motorcycles stolen in 2017 and 2018.
Selangor and Kuala Lumpur were first and second with 6,855 and 4,117 motorcycles stolen during the same period respectively.