3 most-stolen vehicles in the Philippines

By Anna Barbara L. Lorenzo

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Top 3 vehicles car thieves love

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.

The Toyota Fortuner is followed by the Nissan Urvan and the Isuzu Crosswind, said Col. Edwin Butacan, PNP-HPG police community relations and public information officer.

"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:
Metro Manila
Region 3 (Central Luzon)
Region 4A (Calabarzon)

Top 3 cities in Metro Manila where car thieves love to strike:
Quezon City

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  • maranello_5775 Oct 19 2010 @ 03:54pm
    i hope the incidents of carnapping and carjacking further decrease, kawawa naman yung mga nagtrabaho ng maigi para makabili ng sasakyan
  • maklo02 Oct 19 2010 @ 04:19pm
    the problem is Filipinos easily get attracted to low prices that's why they don't care if it's stolen or not. That there should be changed.
  • trail Oct 19 2010 @ 04:59pm
    Lately I've been thinking that if the price is suspiciously low, it's flooded. Hehe.
  • southboy Oct 19 2010 @ 09:39pm
    kung ang sorento ay may people's choice award, ang fortuner naman ay may carnapper's choice award. tama si trail, ang mga buyers, hindi na concern kung nakaw lang ba yung sasakyan kundi kung naOndoy ba..
  • alexcua Oct 20 2010 @ 09:15am
    in other countries they put GPS in their car.
  • rdjl_13 Oct 20 2010 @ 10:05am
    i remember those days na almost everyday nababalita na may fortuner na nacacarnap. kaya nagdalawang isip dad ko na bumili nun. pero he still bought one. hehe. dapat siguro may thing na nakatago sa kotse na ginagamit para matrack yung kotse mo. just my opinion. :D
  • wahl Oct 20 2010 @ 05:16pm
    how about having Chuck Norris as a passenger
  • LGO Oct 21 2010 @ 10:35pm
    The PNP-HPG should do more than just warn would-be-buyers what to buy. Instead of saying something as obvious as buyers beware, it could perhaps delineate what steps the would-be buyer can take to verify whether the vehicle is a stolen vehicle or not. For example, is there a specific agency where the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) can be checked against. It can also provide clear example as to what a valid VIN looks like and what it would like look tampered. Is there a specific agency that for a fee can verify whether the vehicle is stolen or not? Without all these, the PNP-HPG would just be spinning its wheels without getting anywhere.
  • 6thgear-nitro Oct 22 2010 @ 03:09am
    Here's a FACT: Car-nappers are also the same people troubleshooting vehicles in chopchop areas in Q.C and in Evangelista Makati... dagdagan na lang ang security features ng sasakyan.. prevention is better than cure..
  • chainknucles81 Oct 22 2010 @ 11:04pm
    Effective b ung Tramigo GPS tracking device?
  • myas110 Oct 26 2010 @ 06:19pm
    bakit di kasali ang innova at montero? urvan? kasi pang negosyo sya, even yung mga carnappers gusto din nilang mag negosyo, hehe
  • leerobinson Oct 27 2010 @ 12:16am
    What's the law, can you shoot the person who is carjacking you?
    If so, I can't wait.....that'll send a message!
    Also, I wonder what the police are doing about it?
  • thay Oct 27 2010 @ 01:24pm
    bago ka bumili ng secondhand vehicle, dalhin mo muna sa PNP HPG for verification.kung walang tama saka bayaran.
  • thay Oct 27 2010 @ 01:45pm
    in my experienced, yong mga carnapped vehicles(hotcars) na binebenta as secondhand vehicle ay either hindi tampered ang chassis and engine numbers or tampered.pag di tampered engine and chassis numbers, ang ginagawa nila is just to change one number each sa chassis at engine numbers at yon ang ilalagay sa registration.pag tampered naman its only the crimelab who could determine if tampered or not kasi ang galing ng pagkagawa.hightech na rin sila.
  • southboy Oct 27 2010 @ 09:50pm
    @lee, i remembered an officer said that if you saw someone suspicious WITH a firearm and acting weird (especially riding a motorcycle), you can bump/hit him with your car.
  • Bruks_pt Nov 01 2010 @ 10:24am
    @southboy, I really wish your statement (or that officer) was true.. coz most of those riding motorbikes with a firearm usually act suspiciously like the police - many may want to bump/hit them.. lol. peace!
  • evad67 Jan 20 2011 @ 07:13pm
    the PNP knew where this vehicles are being sold, they even knew the price for this vehicles. dapat sa pier pa lang na check na kung tampered yong papers. it,s our system ang may flaws we can not blame our kababayan if gusto nila makatipid. dami pwede gawin para mas effective ang system
  • amandajoson 7 months ago
    Up to now, cars are being stolen despite the efforts of the government and the owners to prevent these incidents. But as owners, all we can do is to take extra precaution. Aside from installing theft-deterrent devices, it would also be best to get a comprehensive car insurance in case something like this happened to you. I got mine from MAPFRE Insular (http://mapfre.com.ph) since they have a bundle of auto insurance that pretty much cover all the bases when it comes to cars.
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