Car theft cases in the Philippines dramatically decreased in 2017, data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed.
PNP Highway Patrol Group (HPG) said car theft cases dropped by 30.16 percent to 5, 363 carjacking incidents last year, compared to 7, 680 car thefts that were recorded in 2016.
Most that were stolen were motorcycles, posting 4, 930 cases, while the rest were four-wheeled vehicles at 424.
In Metro Manila, car theft cases saw a dip by 50.95 percent to 742 in the period versus the 1, 513 thefts posted in 2016.
Northern Mindanao’s car thefts stood at 385 in 2017, 44.52 percent lower than the 694 cases recorded in 2016.
Central Luzon also witnessed a drop in car hijacking incidents at 927 from the 1, 271 cases, down 27.06 percent.
Moreover, the Calabarzon region (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) saw a decrease in car theft cases by 13. 83 percent to 878 in 2017 against the 1, 019 posted in 2016.
The organization said the decrease could be attributed to the anti-criminality efforts of the PNP.
“We intensified operations against carnappers we have monitored,”it said.