Incidence of motorcycle theft has gone down in the last two years compared to previous years, a report of the City Philippine National Police stated.
Police Senior Inspector Pearl Marzo, City PNP Information Officer, said their records showed 23 cases last year and 28 cases so far this year compared to 50 cases recorded in 2015.
“Itong mga bilang na ito ay mas mababa kesa noong 2015 kasi na meron tayong 50 mahigit na similar cases noon,” Marzo said.
Marzo said most motorcycle theft incidents occurred at night, even in front of the residence of the victims which are located in secluded and dimly lit areas. She added that many cases happened near small eateries frequented by tricycle and motorcycle drivers.
“’Yung iba iniiwan lang ‘yung motor sa madilim na area tapos hindi naman naka-lock. May mga insidente din na iniiwan nila ‘yung kanilang mga susi sa motor. Kung titignan natin malaking part din ‘yung negligence ng may-ari,” said Marzo.
She said that particularly vulnerable to motor thefts are brand-new motorcycles with no license plates. Even older models are being targeted for spare parts according to the city PNP. In some cases, thefts can also unlock motorbikes by tools or key duplicates.
Marzo also said that thieves have various ways of disposing their stolen vehicles. In many cases, she said the vehicles are dismantled for valuable spare parts before they are abandoned, sometimes in other municipalities.
“May mga na-recover na tayo sa ibang mga munispyo. Mga motor na dito nawala tapos andito din ‘yung may-ari, Pag may nag-report satin, nagkakaroon tayo ng flash-alarm sa mga istasyon. Irereport natin na may ganitong motor ang nawawala at the same time nakikipag-coordinate din tayo sa HPG at PPO baka kasi ‘yung mga motor na nawawala dito ay nakaabot na pala sa kanilang jurisdiction o sa mga munisipyo,” Marzo said.