THE problem of luxury car theft has been brought under control, a senior police officer claimed yesterday. Staff officer with the Organised Crime Triad Bureau Superintendent Victor Lo Yick-kei said this was a result of increased efforts by police and other law enforcement agencies. More than 300 luxury cars were reported missing in January, dropping to about 120 reports in February. Police said the drop was a result of an increase in anti-smuggling operations, which saw 25 people arrested in connection with car theft last month. Mr Lo's comments came after an eighth batch of luxury cars was returned to Hongkong from Guangdong. Eight cars worth between $500,000 and $1.7 million - two BMWs and six Mercedes-Benz - were returned. One of the Mercedes was owned by former champion horse trainer Mr Brian Kan Ping-chee. One Mercedes was towed, while the rest were driven across the Lok Ma Chau border in the first handover this year. Except for a smashed window and the odd scratch, the cars appeared to be in good order. Mr Lo said the vehicles were stolen between last May and January this year and their return signified the effort by the Guangdong Public Security Bureau to help counter luxury car smuggling. The handover coincided with the end of a routine, five-day visit to Guangdong by Police Commissioner Mr Li Kwan-ha, to discuss security.