Prevent Crime

Theft From Motor Vehicle

Your report discloses an offence of a theft from motor vehicle. 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.

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?

The act of theft from a motor vehicle can cause damage to your vehicle. Every motorist should take responsibility to protect the valuables in his/her vehicle from being stolen. In some cases, petrol is stolen from motorcycles. The culprit commits the theft by disconnecting the tube that connects the fuel tank to the carburetor. Always adopt preventive measures to ensure the security of your vehicle and be vigilant of your surroundings.

To prevent Theft from Motor Vehicles, adopt the following precautionary measures:

  1. Park in well-lit areas and do not leave valuables in the vehicle.
  2. Install an anti-theft system.
  3. Remove cashcards and other valuables such as laptops before leaving your vehicle, even if it is for a short while.
  4. Wind up all windows and close all doors of your vehicle, even if it is left unattended for a short while.

Ensure that your vehicle has been secured properly and look around the vicinity for suspicious characters before leaving. If you see any suspicious characters, take note of their appearance, attire, height or any other distinctive physical features and inform the Police for assistance. Do not confront them.

Last Updated on 14 September 2017