TTPS: Car thefts on the rise. Motorists advised to install GPS trackers.

TTPS: Car thefts on the rise. Motorists advised to install GPS trackers.

TTPS: Car thefts on the rise. Motorists advised to install GPS trackers.

A senior officer of the T&T Police Service (TTPS) is urging the public to reset their priorities and ensure their vehicles are outfitted with GPS trackers.

TTPS Media Ambassador acting ASP Rajesh Lal, who appeared on CNC3’s Morning Brew yesterday, also advised party-goers to adjust their spending and even their outfits to avoid becoming a target of criminal during the Carnival season.

Although he would not say what the TTPS is doing to reduce the current high incidence of vehicular theft across the country, Lal warned citizens not to make themselves a “hard target.”

“We are asking members of the public if they can have those GPS systems installed in the vehicles,” he said.

Although he did not provide statistics, Lal claimed the majority of stolen vehicles recovered had GPS devices installed and in some instances suspects had been arrested in the vehicles.

He said the TTPS is continuing to develop and enhance ways to track stolen vehicles.

“There are cases where the police were able to go into certain premises and find vehicles that were reported stolen,” he said.

According to Lal, a trend has been observed where stolen vehicles are taken to isolated locations where the thieves try to find out if it is outfitted with a GPS tracker.

He said the police are working on ways to reduce the number of vehicular thefts.

He said there has been an increase in theft of Honda City cars and Kia pick-up truck and noted that while vehicle owners spend money to install music systems and upgrade rims, they seldom got around to installing GPS devices.

“You may not get that chance,” he warned.

Lal advised patrons at Carnival fetes to park in well-lit areas, inspect the vehicle before getting in and plan safe and easy access routes.

He also warned persons against leaving keys, gate remotes and bills in their vehicles as they go to party as anyone can glean an address from the paperwork and access the property, or follow the individual afterwards.

He said victims of vehicular theft should “communicate with 999 immediately.”

He also warned against going to parties with large amounts of cash and wearing flashy jewelry whether it is real or not.

Article Courtesy Trinidad and Tobago Guardian Newspapers