THE Organised Crime and Triad Bureau has turned its focus from the theft of private vehicles to container trucks, after the number stolen suddenly soared last month. The issue was raised at a meeting between Hong Kong police and a delegation from the Guangdong Public Security Bureau who visited the territory last week. A list of about 270 trucks reported stolen this year was believed to have been submitted to the Chinese delegates in the hope they would assist in locating them. Police believed there were at least three syndicates smuggling the trucks into China. 'More than 60 were reported missing last month and it's the highest figure. In the first six months this year, there was an average of 30 each month,' said Detective Superintendent Philip Cheng Po-yan, head of the bureau's A division. 'Stolen trucks have become one of our key focuses.' Most of the stolen container trucks were 1994 or 1995 models and reported missing in the New Territories. Each vehicle is worth about $300,000 - almost the same price as a Honda Accord or Toyota Camry. 'They would have been sold for about $500,000 each [in China],' Mr Cheng said. Police believe most stolen trucks were driven across the border with valid Transport Department border-crossing permits.