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Move to check on rising number of vehicle theft in Kedah
ALOR SETAR: Kedah police have stepped up efforts to check the rising number of car and motorcycle thefts in the state.
Chief Police Officer Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim said today he had instructed all district police chiefs to check the premises of second-hand vehicle dealers, vehicle used parts operators and vehicle workshops to make sure no stolen cars were disposed of there.
"Although the figures are not big, the Criminal Investigation Department has to consider the matter seriously and find new ways of curbing the problem," he told reporters after the monthly assembly at the Kedah police headquarters, here.
"Most of the cars stolen are old, and the thieves probably only removed the spare parts to sell. That's why I have instructed the police officers to inspect these outlets.
"I do not think they (the thieves) will sell the cars in neighbouring countries as there is no market value there," he said.
Ahmad also said that despite the rise in car and motorcycle thefts, the crime rate in Kedah has been dropping since 2009.
For example, he said, the rate for May this year fell by 108 cases, from 1,023 to 915, compared to the corresponding period last year.
In his speech, Ahmad said 85 commercial crime cases involving losses of about RM600,000 were reported in May this year compared to 84 cases with estimated losses of about RM500,000 in April. -- BERNAMA