CAR and motorcycle thefts are on the rise in Kedah. State police chief Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim said this was despite a 10 per cent reduction in the crime index during the first five months of this year, with 915 cases compared to 1,023 cases during the same period last year.
He said criminal activities in the state had dropped since 2009.
Concerned with rising car and motorcycle thefts, Ahmad has directed all 11 district police chiefs to step up checks against vehicular thefts.
The steps will include monitoring second-hand car dealers, automobile used parts outlets and workshops, he said.
"The number of car and motorcycle thefts is not very high but we must prevent them," he told reporters.
Ahmad was speaking to reporters after attending the Kedah police contingent monthly assembly at its headquarters here recently.
Most of the cars and motorcycles that were stolen were older models.
"I don't think the vehicles are smuggled out of the country because there is not much market value for them.
"I believe they are stolen for their parts, so I want checks to be conducted on used car and motorcycle parts outlets and workshops," he said.
Meanwhile, between January and last month, Kedah police also arrested 6,103 suspects on dadah-related activities.
The number is about 20 per cent higher than the number of arrests made during the same period last year.
Drugs, worth about RM630,000, were also seized during the first five months of this year.
During this period, properties of dadah suspects that were seized by the police amounted to about RM1.7 million.