Police use GPS to track stolen vehicles
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 — Police are liaising with Garmin GPS Malaysia to tackle vehicle theft via the global positioning system (GPS).
Federal Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin said the task of tackling vehicle theft which was previously, the responsibility of the force, was now shared with corporate firms like Garmin.
Speaking to reporters after a function here today, he said police could carry out the task of detecting stolen vehicles more quickly as it could obtain complete and accurate information.
He said 45,707 cases of vehicle theft were recorded nationwide from January this year, as compared to 45,452 during the same period last year.
Mohd Bakri said the biggest theft involved motorcycles at 32,451, followed by cars (10,425) and vans, lorries and heavy vehicles (2,560), with Selangor, Johor and Kuala Lumpur recording the highest cases.
“Cars, such as Proton, are stolen for their parts while luxury cars such as four-wheel drives, Mercedez-Benz, BMW, Toyota and Honda are sold abroad.”
Meanwhile, Innovative Technologies managing director Ong Chang Seng said vehicle owners needed to only contact the Garmin ‘Call Centre’ or police to alert them on missing vehicles.
“Police will know the location of the missing vehicles, including their route,” he said. — Bernama