Published: Wednesday August 29, 2012 MYT 11:11:00 PM
Cops liaising with Garmin to track down stolen vehicles via GPS
KUALA LUMPUR: The police are liaising with Garmin GPS Malaysia to tackle vehicle thefts via the global positioning system (GPS).
Federal Criminal Investigation Department director Datuk Mohd Bakri Mohd Zinin said the task of tackling vehicle thefts, which was previously the responsibility of the force, was now shared with corporate firms like Garmin.
Speaking to reporters after a function here Wednesday, he said the police could carry out the task of detecting stolen vehicles more quickly as it could obtain complete and accurate information.
He said 45,707 cases of vehicle theft were recorded nationwide from January this year, compared with 45,452 during the same period last year.
Mohd Bakri said the biggest theft involved motorcycles at 32,451, followed by cars (10,425) and vans, lorries and heavy vehicles (2,560), with Selangor, Johor and Kuala Lumpur recording the highest cases.
"Cars such as Proton are stolen for their parts while luxury cars such as four-wheel drive vehicles, Mercedez-Benz, BMW, Toyota and Honda are sold abroad."
Meanwhile, Innovative Technologies managing director Ong Chang Seng said vehicle owners needed to only contact the Garmin 'Call Centre' or the police to alert them on missing vehicles.
"The police will know the location of the missing vehicles, including its route," he said. - Bernama