THAILAND - Each year, Bangkok sees approximately 400 cars and 2,000 motorcycles stolen, with Honda's Wave motorcycles and Toyota's Altis and Vios sedans being the ones most stolen, Metropolitan Police Bureau's Car and Motorcycle Theft Suppression Centre said yesterday.
Other motorcycles most targeted were Honda Click, Honda Scoopy I, Yamaha Fino, Yamaha Mio, Kawasaki KL, Kawasaki KSR and Suzuki Smash, while the vehicles most targeted were Toyota Fortuner SUV, Toyota Hilux Vigo and Isuzu pick-up trucks.
Vehicles were mostly stolen between 6pm and midnight in isolated alleyways, parks, parking lots and residential areas. Most vehicle thefts took place in areas under the jurisdiction of Metropolitan Police Divisions 5 and 2, which are on the borders of neighbouring provinces of Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan.
From April last year until now, police have only made arrests in relation to 298 of the 2,952 vehicle thefts reported.