China co-operation over stolen vehicles paying off

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 03 February, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 03 February, 1996, 12:00am

DETAILS of all stolen vehicles are now being routinely passed to mainland police as co-operation between the two forces increases.

And the new co-operation was bringing results, said Detective Superintendent Philip Cheng Po-yen of the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau's 'A' Division.

His officers yesterday receivedthe latest batch of smuggled vehicles seized and returned by the Guangdong Public Security Bureau.

He said passing on the particulars of stolen cars was now normal procedure.

Yesterday's return convoy of eight lorry cabs, five luxury sedans and a motorcycle was testimony to cross-border co-operation.

The vehicles were stolen from Hong Kong between February 1992 and November last year.

But while police have recorded a significant drop in the number of luxury cars stolen in the territory, from 2,529 in 1992 to 711 last year, they have yet to contain motorcycle thefts.

About 1,200 motorcycles have been stolen from Hong Kong each year since 1992.

A police source said most motorcycles were bound for China, noting that only one, a Honda Shadow, was in yesterday's convoy.

He said there was a huge demand for motorcycles on the mainland - especially those up to 250cc which did not have to be registered.