Carelessness by owners a main factor in car thefts

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Leaving vehicles unattended is one of the main fac­tors in vehicle theft, says Bukit Aman.

Federal CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said 35,953 vehicles were reported stolen last year.

“They comprised 26,779 motorcycles, 7,413 cars and 1,761 heavy vehicles. As of July 11, a total of 16,186 cases have been reported involving 11,872 motorcycles, 3,954 cars and 818 heavy vehicles,” he said after launching a vehicle theft prevention campaign at a shopping mall here yesterday.

Comm Huzir said that the number of cases would not go down without the support of all parties.

“Public awareness on vehicle security is the key to addressing vehicle thefts. On our part, we constantly attend courses to learn the latest tactics of car thieves,” he said.

Comm Huzir said previously, car thieves would gain access manually before stealing the vehicles. “But now there is so much technology to help them gain access,” he said.

He also said cooperation with government agencies and non-governmental organisations such as Vehicle Theft Recovery Council (VTREC) and the Customs Depart­ment had proven to be a success.

“In 2007, we started this collaboration and it helped cut insurance claims by RM200mil. It is a win-win situation for insurance firms beca­use car theft cases were reduced,” he said.

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