COLOMBO (NewsRadio); A total of 1,406 vehicles have been reportedly stolen in the first nine months of this year.
Police said it is a concerning development as it recorded only 1,405 complaints over the theft of vehicles in the entire 2021.
Police Media Spokesperson Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nihal Thalduwa said a majority of the incidents involves motorbikes.
Last year, 975 motorbikes were stolen while this year already they have received complaints over the theft of 1,116 motorbikes.
Meanwhile, 311 three-wheelers have also robbed in the first 9 months of this year while in 2021, 353 three-wheelers had been stolen.
Police have also received complaints over the theft of 14 cars and 25 vans this year.
SSP Nihal Thalduwa said a majority of incidents was a result of negligence of the owners of vehicles.
He therefore requested owners to be mindful when leaving their vehicles unattended.