It was only recently that the Vehicle Theft Reduction Council of Malaysia (VTREC) launched the Vehicle Theft Awareness Campaign 2019 together with the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM). Their goal is to raise awareness on vehicle theft and how to deter it from happening.
During the launch, they presented some very interesting facts on the most popular cars that were stolen so far in the first quarter of 2019. Sitting at the very top of that list, surprisingly, is the Proton Wira with 127 units reported stolen in the first three months of this year.
Placing second on this very unlucky list is also another Proton, the Iswara. In Q1 2019, a total of 82 units were reported missing from their owners. Two other Proton models made it into the top 10 most stolen cars which are the Waja in 6th (41 units) and Saga (40 units). Our theory? People love classic Proton, including thieves.
The last podium spot of most stolen vehicles is the Perodua Kancil with 70 units reported stolen in January, February, and March. Our other theory is that these cars are probably the easiest to steal and also the easiest to sell as whole of break down for parts (we’re not sure because we’re not thieves).
The Toyota Hilux receives an honorable mention as the most non-national car stolen (4th overall) here in Malaysia with a total report of 52 units in the first quarter of 2019. This comes to as no surprise considering how good and irresistible the Hilux really is. The rest are as follows:
5th – Perodua Myvi (49 units)
6th – Proton Waja (41 units)
7th – Proton Saga (40 units)
8th – Nissan Vannette (36 units)
9th – Honda Civic (28 units)
10th – Honda City (24 units)
With that being said, they also reported that the vehicle theft cases have dropped down by 29% as compared to the same period going back to 2017. A drop of 65% was seen over the last five years and over 50% of the said cases were related to motorcycles. Let’s all hope that the numbers will drop thanks to this new initiative.