Police record 26% increase in motor vehicle theft

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 12:00

Motor vehicle theft has increased by 26% according to the TTPS.

Nissan vehicles make up 58% of reported stolen vehicles.

The following is a press release by the TTPS:

The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has noted an alarming increase in the number of vehicles stolen throughout the country for the period January 1st to October 31st 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.

For this period, Larceny Motor Vehicle increased by 26% as there was 686 recorded reports in 2017 compared to 544 reports in 2016.

With regards to Motor Vehicle Robbery, 2017 saw a 26% increase, with 224 reports, as compared to the 161 reported cases for the same period in 2016. Of the 686 vehicles reported stolen, 398 are Nissan vehicles which represents 58% of the total, with the B14, B13 B12, AD Wagons, Almera, and the Tiida being the main vehicles of choice, with the total number of robberies being 72, 87, 32, 36, 24 and 53 respectively.

The Hyundai H100 and the Kia K2700 pick-up trucks, together totalled 42, while the Mitsubishi Lancer had 38 reported cases and the Toyota Corolla vehicles receiving 26 reported cases.

Although the Tiida is still a vehicle of choice for motor vehicle thieves, there was a reduction from 73 in 2016 to 53 in 2017, which shows a 27% reduction.

There has been however been an increase in theft of the Nissan B13 – 66 in 2016 compared to 87 in 2017 an increase of 32%, B14 – 50 in 2016 compared to 72 in 2017 an increase of 44%, Nissan AD Wagon – 28 in 2016 compared to 36 in 2017, an increase of 28% and Nissan B12- 20 in 2016 compared to 32 in 2017, an increase of 60%.

This has been attributed to the demand for parts and the ease with which the vehicles 2 are stolen.

The parts these vehicles carry have become obsolete and are not readily accessible. Nissan vehicles made up 54 % of all vehicles taken by robbery.

Notable vehicles which saw an increase include Toyota Hilux which increased from 10 stolen in 2016 to 15 in 2017, the Nissan Almera which increased from 14 stolen in 2016 to 20 in 2017, the Nissan B15 which increased from 5 in 2016 to 12 in 2017 and the Nissan Tiida, which increased from 18 stolen in 2016 to 23 in 2017.

It should be noted that in May 2017, the Stolen Vehicles Squad which is based in Port of Spain and forms part of the Criminal Investigations Department had initiated several preventative measures regarding the theft of vehicles that has led to a significant reduction in larceny and robbery of vehicles in the Port of Spain Division.

For the period January 1st 2017 to May 31st 2017, 45 vehicles were stolen in Port of Spain and from June 1st to October 31st 2017 - 31 vehicles were stolen.

This showed a reduction of 31%, when compared to the said period in 2016.

This is because of the diligent, committed and professional manner in which the officers pursue their investigations, resulting in several offenders being arrested, charged and placed before the courts for various offences relating to motor vehicle theft.

We would prefer that there is no robbery and theft of motor vehicles; however, when these crimes occur, we hope the recent high detection rate in Port of Spain Division, would act as a deterrent to offenders and that no crime perpetrated against citizens would be tolerated.