Quezon City Police District has called on owners of motorcycles to install security devices on their units to prevent robbers from stealing the units while parked or left unattended.
The QCPD leadership admitted that due to a series of apprehension of suspects and groups involved in carnapping of four-wheeled vehicles, carnappers had shifted to stealing of motorcycles instead of four-wheeled units.
QCPD director P/CSupt George T. Regis said that owners of motorcycles should cooperate with police authorities “so we can effectively act on the problem and lessen if not totally stop this new trend of motorcycle theft.
“Police presence or visibility alone, which we have maximized, are not enough to prevent motorcycles from being stolen while parked, because peace, order and security are a responsibility shared between the public and the police, therefore, the public must have the civic concern and cooperative spirit to prevent crime, and they should immediately call the police when they witness one,” Regis said.
To date, there are about 80 motorcycles recorded stolen per month while parked here in Metro Manila, with Quezon City having 20 percent of these cases.
QCPD believed that more public awareness of the threat of motorcycle theft and the public’s participation in the prevention of this crime is much needed.
Regis said that some of the security measures that motorcycle owners should do is to chain the motorcycle with a heavy-duty lock into an immovable object like a metal post; install a hidden ignition switch and a fuel supply lock; or remove the CDI (capacitor discharge ignition) that supplies electric current, before leaving the motorcycle. Maureen Quiñones, PAISO