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Scooter thieves prefer old city districts: police

DARK ALLEYS Taipei City police said thieves stuck to the narrower lanes of Wanhua, Datong and Zhongzheng districts, with Xinyi falling close behind

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

The older districts of Taipei City such as Wanhua (萬華), Datong (大同) and Zhongzheng (中正) are popular areas for scooter thieves, Taipei City Police Department statistics show.

Wanda Road in Wanhua, Linsen N Road in Zhongshan District (中山) and Zhongshan S Road in Zhongzheng claim the most frequent incidents of scooter theft.

The statistics for the period between December and February show that Yongji Road in Xinyi District (信義) was the runner up for scooter theft cases, with an average of one scooter stolen every four days.

The majority of the 10 locations with the most scooter thefts were in old neighborhoods where small, dark alleys made it easier for thieves to steal scooters without being noticed, said Wang Yao-hui (王耀輝), head of an investigation team in the criminal investigation division.

Wang said scooter thefts were also common around MRT stations and other public transportation hubs, and called on scooter owners to register their scooters by stamping them with serial numbers.

Scooter theft reports decreased from 8,310 in 2007 to 7,597 last year after the department began providing free a registration service in 2006, he said.

New Party Taipei City Councilor Hou Kuan-chiung (侯冠群) yesterday called on the department to install more surveillance systems in the locations with the most scooter thefts and to publicize major scooter theft locations every three months for the public旧 reference.

Wang said the department would provide detailed information on the locations and the brand of scooters thieves appear to favor.

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