Police: 401 motorcycles worth MVR 21 million stolen

Parked motorcycles in Male' city. Police stated that 401 motorcycles were stolen in the first six months of 2019.

A total of 401 motorcycles were stolen in the first six months of 2019, police statistics have shown. The motorcycles stolen were worth around MVR 21,796,400 million.

Out of these motorcycles, 264 have so far been found and recovered. Most of the stolen motorcycles were honda wave brand motorcycles. A total of 239 wave brand motorcycles were stolen at this time according to Police.

Other types of commonly stolen motorcycles

  • 26 Airblade motorcycles
  • 23 GN motorcycles
  • 19 Scoopy motorcycles
  • 13 PCX motorcycles
  • 12 Xeon motorcycles

90 percent of motorcycles with no alarm systems 

Police also stated that individual efforts were needed to combat the ever-present acts of theft in the community. A recent survey carried out by the Crime Prevention and Public Affairs Department showed that 38 percent of motorcycles were taken on installment schemes and that 90 percent of these motorcycles had no alarm systems installed to deter thefts.

Pay attention to shutter lock

The survey also showed that people did not usually pay attention to where the motorcycles were parked and whether it was parked in a safe location. The survey also showed that 35 percent of people did not shutter lock the motorcycles and advised people to pay more attention to such safety measures to prevent thefts.

Steps to deter thefts of motorcycles

  • Ensuring that the motorcycle is not parked in a secluded unsafe location
  • Locking the steering system as well as shutter locking
  • Checking whether the key was removed after parking
  • Installing an alarm system on the motorcycle
  • Special attention to park in view of a CCTV camera
  • Full coverage insurance of the motorcycle

Police also asked citizens to report any suspicious behavior without delay.