FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND LANGUAGES
SEMESTER MAY, 2012
ENGLISH FOR WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
IDENTITY CARD NO.
Vehicle theft cases in Malaysia today become at an alarming stage where the study shows that, in every 15 minutes, one car is reported stolen (The General Insurance Association of Malaysia-PIAM, 2011). According to statistics, vehicle thefts in Malaysia especially in the Klang Valley are still going up. The association revealed that in the first half of 2010, 65% of thefts occurred in Kuala Lumpur/Selangor, rise about 18% from 2009. PIAM said that during the six months of 2010, 10,232 claims for stolen vehicles had been received by its members, costing more than RM170 million. Out of these, more than 22% of the losses were incurred by owners of privately-registered cars. Proton was the cars that were the most stolen, accounting for 47% of thefts. Other makers were Honda, Perodua, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz.
Source : The General Insurance Association of Malaysia – PIAM (www.piam.com.my)
From the graph given in the question, we can say that there is a significant increase in motor vehicle theft in Malaysia from 1980 to 2010. In that 30-years data survey, we can found that motorcycle theft is the leader for the total number of cases. Starting form 1982, motorcycle theft cases increase steadily throughout the survey period and it increase rapidly in 2003 until 2005. Starting from 2007, the motorcycle theft cases start to declined until 2010. This might be the result from actively promoted community campaign to help each other in lowering the theft cases in Malaysia.
From the graph given, we can say that the peak year of the most cases of stolen vehicles was between 2007 and 2008 where the total numbers of stolen vehicles reaching almost 160,000 units. This represented by 140,000 units of motorcycles and 20,000 units of private cars.
Another point that we can highlight from the graph is that, the total number of stolen private cars was in constant mode starting from 1980 until 2000. After year 2000, the number increased slightly and keep continue to rise until 2010.
Suggestion to prevent vehicle theft cases
As an owner, there are several measures that can be taken to prevent the motor vehicle theft in Malaysia. Among the steps are:
1) Always park your vehicle in safe place
We have to consider of keeping our vehicle in safer place such as inside the garage or at least inside locked compound. By doing this, it can help us to ensure our vehicles are in safe condition. It is also suggested that we should always park our vehicle in properly lit areas such as in front of our house.
2) Install extra lock or anti-theft device
We also should install a good extra lock to help us in curbing the increasing number of vehicle theft in Malaysia today. By installing this extra locks or special anti-theft device, at least can delay the theft process of the vehicles should it happens.
3) Never left your vehicle engine running unattended
We always see someone leaving his vehicle especially cars, left unattended with the engine running. Even just for few minutes such as for buying newspapers, this can increase the chances of the said car being hijacked by someone.
4) Never left valuable thing inside the car that are within view of passer-by By doing this, we can prevent the break in cases into our car and later can help us to save our vehicle.
Our vehicles are very important for us. They can be used to transport us to work every day. Moving from one place to another will be very much easier should we have vehicle of any kind such as car or motorcycle. Lost of this vehicle can burden us in term of timing and even financially. The proper...
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