Are you driving a Toyota Fortuner? Then it's time to secure your parking area. The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has identified the Toyota sport-utility vehicle as the top favorite of car thieves.
"These are very saleable in the market," Butacan said in an interview at the sidelines of the Ingat Pilipinas road safety campaign launch. "They (car thieves) bring the vehicles to Visayas and Mindanao, fabricate new papers, and sell them off as secondhand vehicles."
Butacan said a stolen Fortuner is being sold at around P700,000, about half of its brand-new price of at least P1.3 million. Other stolen vehicles, which cost P800,000, may be sold at P400,000 to P500,000.
To address the problem on car theft, the PNP-HPG will soon launch a campaign to warn the public against secondhand vehicles which are sold at dubiously low prices.
"The price should really send a warning already," Butacan said. "But to raise awareness, we will disseminate posters with the message 'Pag-ingatan and perang pinaghirapan. Bago bumili ng segunda-manong sasakyan, isangguni muna sa aming pinakamalapit na himpilan.'"
This is part of the PNP-HPG’s efforts to intensify operations against vehicle theft, Butacan said. He added that incidents of car theft have already dropped to 6,000 in January to September 2010 from 9,000 reported in the same months last year.
So where do car thieves hang out? Here's what we got from the PNP-HPG.
Top 3 areas where car theft is rampant in the Philippines:
Region 3 (Central Luzon)
Region 4A (Calabarzon)
Top 3 cities in Metro Manila where car thieves love to strike:
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