Top car for thieves: The Aqua | News Extra

Top car for thieves: The Aqua |  News Extra

Do you own a Toyota Aqua?

If you do, be aware that this is the number one stolen vehicle in Trinidad and Tobago with 113 stolen since January.

Most of the cars were stolen in the Northern Division.

Insp Lloyd Lazarus of the Squad Stolen Vehicles made this known during the police news conference held yesterday at the Police Administration Building, Port of Spain, where he was joined by senior Supt Rishi Singh of the Port of Spain CID and ASP Darryl Ramdass of the Anti Kidnapping Unit (AKU).

Other stolen vehicles were Nissan AD Wagons with 70 since January, Nissan B-15s (approximately since the late 1990s) with 37 stolen and the Toyota Fielder Wagon with 35.

Explaining the difference between theft and theft, Lazarus said that theft is when the owner parks his or her car and returns to find it missing while theft is when the vehicle is shot at gunpoint.

He added that since the beginning of the year, the number of thefts has increased and the number of thefts has decreased.

According to Lazarus, the detection rate in Port of Spain has increased by 400 percent for 2022 and there is a downward trend in car thefts.

He said this is “largely contributing to crime-fighting initiatives on stolen vehicles and the strategic deployment of patrols within the division”.

To break down

An analysis by the police department found that for the year so far, 223 vehicles had been stolen in the Northern Division, 136 vehicles in Central, 98 in the North Eastern Division and 83 in South.

He explained that these cars were stolen because they were popular and can easily blend into traffic, as so many people had them. They have little to no security features and can be easily cloned. He explained that when a car is cloned, it means that “when another car is involved in a serious accident and is written off, it is often sold for scrap. The chassis number of the written off car is then transferred to the stolen car (same make and model) to mimic the original depreciated car.”

Lazarus said drivers could protect themselves by being aware of their surroundings.

“If you think you are being followed, go to the nearest police station or call 999,” he said.

He added that when driving at night, motorists should keep their doors locked and windows rolled up.

He also advised the public to “use legitimate parking garages while doing business or working in the capital, don’t leave the vehicle with the keys in the ignition or stationary, don’t leave spare keys where it’s easily accessible, secure sunroofs, park in areas high traffic, install gears and foot locks, etch the vehicle’s license plate on the door glass or body of the car where it is not easily seen, install GPS, alarms and/or motion sensor alarms that can alert you by phone or e-mail email about location.”

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