TANGKAK: The crime rate in the state can be greatly reduced if motorcycle owners take the necessary precautions to protect their machines from thieves.
Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman said police statistics showed some 50% of crime in the state was motorcycle theft.
He said if owners could protect their machines, including double-locking them when parked, they could prevent theft.
“Since some 50% of crime in the state is motorcycle theft and if we can prevent it the crime rate will be reduced.
“It is easy to steal motorcycles but if we take precautions, we make it difficult for thieves to steal them,” he said after closing a Serom constituency One Community One JPJ programme yesterday.
Abdul Ghani said while it was a must to have valid motorcycle licences, many, especially those in the rural areas, did not have them.
He said since the problem was widespread, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) had decided to conduct riding courses and issue the licences in villages.
SOURCE: THE STAR, MAY 21, 2011