Trinidad Express / There has been a 19.5 per cent reduction in reports of robberies of motor vehicles to date, when compared to the same period in 2016. But robberies involving the popular Toyota Hilux are on the rise.
This was revealed on Wednesday by Sergeant Christopher Swamber of the Stolen Vehicles Squad.
At the time, Swamber was speaking at the weekly police press briefing at the police administration building, Port of Spain.
Swamber focused on the period January 1 to March 21 2017, noting that there were 150 reported cases of larceny of motor vehicles, compared to 142 for the corresponding period in 2016 – which represents a 2.8 per cent increase.
“Of the 150 vehicle reported stolen, 67 are Nissan vehicles which represent almost 45 percent of the total with the Tiida, B12, B13 and B14 and AD wagons being the main vehicles of choice, with the respective numbers being 10, 11, 17, 13 and 10. The other vehicle types of choice are the Mitsubishi Lancer with eight reported cases, and the Mazda 323, with six reported cases.
“Although the Tiida is still a vehicle of choice for motor vehicle thieves, there was a remarkable reduction from 24 in 2016 to 10 in 2017 which represents a 58 per cent decrease. That said, there has been, however, an increase in the theft of the Nissan B12 and B13 from 8 to 11 and 12 to 17, respectively, for the corresponding period 2016 to 2017. This has been attributed to the demand for parts and the ease to which these vehicle can be stolen,” Swamber said.
Toyota Hilux incidents rise
The sergeant noted that, with regard to robberies, incidents involving the Toyota Hilux increased from three in 2016 to six in 2017. He added that there were other increases with the reports of Almeras taken by force jumping from two in 2016 to four this year, with a similar increase in B15s from two in 2016 to three in 2017.
However,despite the decrease in robbery of motor vehicles, this area in general remains of concern to the TTPS and as such the sergeant wished to remind motorists of precautionary measures that can be adopted.
“Owners of vehicles with coded keys to the electronic system of the vehicle, be mindful that these type of vehicles are targeted for robberies as the keys cannot be duplicated except by the manufacturer (Mazda BT50, Ford Ranger, Navarra, Toyota Prado, Nissan X-Trail. Vehicles of this type have resurfaced as re-registered vehicle with the Licensing Office bearing different chassis number and engines therefore all necessary measures to protect your vehicle should be adopted.
“So ensure that your security system on your vehicle is done by a reputable company. It is your right to request information from any person or business with whom you are transacting business. Failure or hesitance from such person is a red flag. Also, invest in one or more of the many security systems to prevent your vehicle from theft. Such devices are GPS, Club Locks, Gas Locks, alarms, stealth configuration and kill switches. Three, be mindful of the areas you park your vehicles. Park your vehicle in well lit areas and where possible, in areas with CCTV cameras. Four, be aware of your surroundings and always be vigilant, and also do not leave your vehicle engine running after exiting your vehicle for any purpose,” Swamber advised.