Prevent Crime

Motor Vehicle Theft

motor theft

 

Your report discloses an offence of a motor vehicle theft. This page provides you with information on what the Police are doing to follow up on your case, as well as some of the measures you can take to avoid falling victim to such crimes again in the future.

NOW THAT I HAVE LODGED A POLICE REPORT, WHAT WILL HAPPEN?

Once a Police report is lodged at a Neighbourhood Police Centre (NPC) or Neighbourhood Police Post (NPP) our officers will provide you with a copy of the Police report and advise you on the next course of action. If your case was reported through the '999' Police Emergency Line, you will not be given a copy of the recorded transcripts. If you require a written report for your record, you can lodge a Police report at any NPC or NPP.

If your case is under investigation, the Investigation Officer in-charge of the case will inform you of the preliminary status of your case within 7 working days. He will also keep you updated on the subsequent developments of your case.

An investigation is the process where the Police make inquiries to uncover what has happened. Police conduct investigations to find out the truth behind an allegation and whether there is evidence that a criminal offence has been committed.

Our officers may conduct interviews to obtain details of the case. What a witness says during an interview may be recorded in a Police statement for future reference.

IF I HAVE FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THE CASE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

If you have further leads or information on your case, you should inform the Investigation Officer in-charge of the case promptly. If you are unsure who the Investigation Officer in-charge of your case is, you may call the phone number reflected in your Police report, or on the Case Card.

WHO CAN BE CALLED UP FOR INVESTIGATION?

Anyone whom our officers believe has knowledge of the facts of the case may be called up for investigations. The length of the Police interview would depend on the nature of the case and how much information the Police require from the person(s) being interviewed.

WHEN WILL I KNOW THAT THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETED?

This will depend on the nature and the prevailing circumstances of the case. For instance, if there are several suspects involved or a series of crimes have been committed, the investigation may take a longer time to complete. Our officers will keep you informed of the key milestones and the outcome of investigation in writing.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETED?

If there is sufficient evidence that a criminal offence has taken place, our officers will charge the suspect(s) in court. On the other hand, if no offence can be substantiated, our officers will cease the investigation. Our officers will write to the victim(s) of the crime and/or the complainant(s) to inform him/her of the outcome of the investigation.

WHAT CAN I DO TO AVOID FALLING VICTIM TO SUCH CRIMES IN THE FUTURE?

Motor vehicle theft is one of the most common crimes committed around the world. In such cases, there is much more to lose than just having property stolen. The inconvenience of travelling without a vehicle, the hassle of changing the smashed windows and paying higher insurance rates mean that it is just not worth neglecting the security of your vehicle. Here are some measures you can take to avoid falling victim to such crimes in the future: 

Common Modus Operandi of Car Thieves
  • Tampering with the doors and windows of the car.
  • Tampering with the keyhole.
  • Smashing the windows or windscreen.

Preventive Measures
  • Engrave your vehicle registration number on the windscreens.
  • Install an alarm system.
  • Lock all the vehicle doors and wind up all windows.
  • Do not leave keys in the ignition switch.
  • Park in well-lit areas.

Security Devices for Motor Car, Van and Lorry
  • Anti theft alarm system
  • Steering wheel lock
  • Clutch lock
  • Brake lock
  • Gear lock

Security Devices for Motorcycle
  • Anti theft alarm system
  • Front wheel safety lock
  • Cable lock
  • Disc or Sprocket lock
  • Shackle lock

Vehicle Immobiliser

Thieves can bypass your ignition by ‘hotwiring’ a vehicle. Deter criminals by installing a vehicle immobiliser system that has:

  • Smart keys with computer chips that must be present to start the vehicle.
  • Starters, ignition or fuel disablers.

A vehicle thief may work alone or in a group and will go from one car to another in search of a target. Often, he will be constantly looking around to see if anyone is approaching. If you see someone behaving in a suspicious manner, take note of his appearance such as his complexion, clothing, height, age or any other distinctive physical feature and call the Police.

Last Updated on 14 September 2017