Over  1,400 vehicles had been stolen between January 01 and September 30, 2022, across the country, Police Media Spokesman, SSP Nihal Thalduwa, said yesterday, speaking to journalists in Colombo. The SSP said 1,406 vehicles had been stolen during the aforementioned period as against 1,405 vehicles stolen in 2021.

The majority of vehicles stolen in the first nine months of 2022 are motorcycles (1,116), followed by 311 three-wheelers, buses (12), vans (25), lorries (16), and others (12). SSP Thalduwa said most vehicles had been stolen while being parked in unsafe locations.

What is the best way to prevent car theft?

Keeping your car safe: Tips for preventing auto theft
Lock your doors. …
Remove your keys from the vehicle. …
Do not leave a spare key near your vehicle. …
Close the windows. …
Park in well-lit areas. …
Install an audible alarm system and anti-theft device. …
Install a vehicle immobilizer system. …
Install a tracking system.

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