Malaysia is the unfortunate country where about 150 cars are stolen a day. It seems that Proton and Perodua models, and as foreign models Toyota Hilux and Honda Civic are on the top of the ‘most wanted’ list.
Since 2010, 112,503 vehicles were stolen, 57,462 only in 2010.
Federal CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin argues that the high number of stolen cars is due to the fact that both new and old cars are taken, dismantled and sold for their pieces.
“There is a big demand for the stolen vehicles at construction sites in remote areas. Some are used in robberies and other criminal activities while certain models are exported overseas.
We believe that vehicles like Toyota Hilux are stolen to feed the huge demand for four-wheel drives in the Middle East. We think that rebel forces use them to mount guns.”
This is why the money spend by the insurance companies has almost doubled in the last 10 years, reaching $250 million in 2011 (8,736 private cars and 27,304 motorcycles).
Council coordinator Mohd Yusof Idris said that “We need more cooperation among Puspakom (the vehicle inspection authority), police, insurance companies, the port authorities and others. We need to look into the loopholes in the system (of checking vehicle thefts) and this can only be done with the cooperation of all the related authorities.”