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The Philippine National Police - Highway Patrol Group said it posted an 74-percent recovery rate for stolen vehicles in the past seven months--an all-time high record for the force.

PNP-HPG director Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina said a total of 538 cases of vehicle and motorcycle theft were recorded from January to July compared to 1,219 of the same period last year. During the same period, the PNP-HPG recovered 398 units, which included 317 cars and 81 motorcycles.

In the past seven months, the PNP-HPG also noted a 56.58-percent decrease in carjacking cases--another historical feat for the country's anti-car-theft unit.

Espina attributed to the marked increase in recovery rate of stolen vehicles and decrease in incidents of carjacking to the implementation of round-the-clock mobile checkpoints not only in Metro Manila but also various parts of the country.

Several stolen motorcycles were recovered from riders who were not wearing safety helmets. Many stolen cars that were spotted, meanwhile, were involved in ordinary traffic violations as drivers sometimes forget to wear a seatbelt or the cars noticeably sport a fake license plate.

A large number of stolen vehicles were recovered in remote areas in Visayas and Mindanao, Espina said.

Police authorities have also intensified crackdown on used car-parts dealerships in efforts to trace carjacked units that were eventually cannibalized by car thieves to evade detection and arrest.

Aris Ilagan
Motorcycle Editor
Being a veteran journalist, Aris is considered one of the "sharpest" columnists of Top Gear Philippines. Just look at him from head to toe and you'll get our point.
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