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Old 3rd August 2008, 09:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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How did my $96,000 car VANISH?

How did my $96,000 car VANISH?
  • Car fitted with anti-theft system
  • It was parked in busy spot
  • No broken glass or signs of break-in
By Elysa Chen
August 03, 2008


THEY live in the same block, park in the same carpark, and drive the same sport utility vehicle model.


Project manager Anthony Lim lost his 18-months-old Honda CRV after parking it at a multi-storey carpark near his home. --TNP picture: KUA CHEE SIONG

Now, they're both car theft victims.

And the timing of the thefts suggests it's the work of the same car thief or gang.

Overnight, the Honda CRVs of Mr Anthony Lim and Mr Richard Ang went missing from the multi-storey carpark at Block 331A Kang Ching Road.

Police later told The New Paper that one of the cars had been found.

Mr Lim believes his car was stolen during the six hours from when it was last seen by a cleaner, before midnight, and the next morning.

What was baffling to him was that the immobiliser system of his car, which is supposedly 'impossible to break', had failed to stop the thief.

An immobiliser is an electronic device fitted to a car, which prevents the engine from running without a key that has been synchronised with the car.

The system works by cutting off the power supply to the engine if the proper key is not inserted, noted Mr Winson Ow, 40, managing director of CS Racing, a company that does car modifications.

However, there are still ways to get around the system, added Mr Ow.

He said: 'If the thieves have a spare key and know the car's wiring system, it would be possible for them to break the steering wheel lock and drive the car away.'

In this case, both the cars came with the immobiliser fitted as original equipment.

Mr Lim said he does not believe his key had been duplicated, as he serviced his car only at the authorised service centres.

As everything in his car had been fitted at Honda's factory in Japan, he had not expected a thief to break in and drive off easily.

The two owners had each paid about $96,000 to buy their cars.

The two thefts were discovered when the owners went to the carpark early on Wednesday morning.

Mr Ang, 35, said: 'I cannot believe that my car can just disappear like that. It just vanished. These people are better than David Copperfield.'

Mr Lim, 40, who discovered his loss at 6.30am, at first thought he had forgotten where he had parked the previous evening.

So, after flagging down a taxi to take his daughter to school that morning, the project manager went back to the carpark to look for his car.

His 18-month-old metallic blue CRV was nowhere to be found.

Mr Lim said he also kept an eye out for his neighbour's six-month-old black Honda CRV but he did not spot that either.

He went back to the lot where he had left the car the night before, but did not see any pieces of glass or any other tell-tale signs of a break-in.

The previous evening, Mr Lim had parked his car on the second level at 6.30pm, while Mr Ang had parked on the third level at 8.30pm.

The car cleaner had cleaned Mr Lim's car between 11.30pm and midnight.

Mr Lim said: 'My car was parked at the busiest spot. There are people walking around here all the time.

'Yet, the thieves managed to slip away. It's like Gone In 60 Seconds in Singapore.'

Mr Lim, who drives into Malaysia at least once a week for work, said: 'If I had lost my car in Malaysia, I would have nothing to say.

'But I can't believe our cars got stolen right under our noses.'

Puzzled by the thefts, Mr Lim went to talk to the car distributor to find out if there were any loopholes in the car's security system.

The mechanics there suggested to him that the cars could have been towed away.

When The New Paper checked with the police yesterday evening, we were told that Mr Lim's car had been recovered, and that further investigations are on.

When we told Mr Lim, he said he was relieved.

He added that even if he got the car back, he and his wife have decided to sell it and change to another brand.

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More CRVs reported missing

More CRVs reported missing
August 03, 2008


BESIDES the two stolen cars at Kang Ching Road, at least two other Honda CRVs have been reported missing recently, according to an insurance company.

A spokesman for the insurer of the CRV, confirmed that it had four motor car theft claims. The company declined to reveal more details due to customer confidentiality.

This year, in the two-week span from 13to 25 Jun, police said that 12 SUVs were stolen.

According to past newspaper reports, there were 63 cases of car theft last year and 72 in 2006.

The Honda CRV, along with other models like the Toyota Rav 4, Toyota Harrier and the Lexus RX300 appear to be the 'hot cars' for thieves.

Between January and November in 2004, NTUC Income received 100 claims for stolen vehicles, with the majority of these arising from thefts in Malaysia.

The figure is an increase from the 85 cases for the same period in 2003.

Car enthusiast Lim Chee Kian, 34, who is a research fellow at Nanyang Technological University said that SUVs, especially the Honda CRV, are popular with drivers, regardless of whether they are fuel-efficient or not.

He said: 'The fans will always be there, the CRV is the darling, and the first choice among the SUVs.

'Perhaps there has been a spike in recent thefts due to a surge in demand in Malaysia, where foreign-made cars are more expensive compared to those produced locally.'

A security expert said that these car models are popular overseas.

He said: 'Singapore has such a wide variety of cars, car thieves can come shopping here.'

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Re: How did my $96,000 car VANISH?

They need $, they just rob us.... they need cars, they just come here and take... what a good neighbour we are.

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pro ! =.="

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Re: How did my $96,000 car VANISH?

What can we do to protect our cars from being stolen?

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install a taser system

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LOL. inside job? if its really a car theft. then i'd say the thieves are really damn good. not easy to go around the security system of a car with sth like what they've installed. kudos to the thieves..very hard to find in this part of the world..

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Originally Posted by zwei39 View Post
What can we do to protect our cars from being stolen?
clamp our own wheels... haah


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as u can see, all the vehicle stolen r the same type; Honda CRVs... simply speaking the security system r the same or similar and the culprits wuld most probably b an insider knowing wad keys n system the cars r using.... most probably for revenge purpose on the company dat mayb sacked him?? who knows...

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Alot of sgporeans are too complacent and dumb.
I still see ppl leaving the engine on in petrol stations to go buy stuff, or not locking after pumping petrol.
even in school, or in private properties. sometimes tempted to just hop in and drive off.. haha

If only i have contacts up north or an incentive for the car, but too bad i don't.

So easy to steal the cars. even easier for bikes. whatever cctv or nonsense, or customs at woodlands, no use.
SG MIB can consider to be hopeless. u will know if your car kena vandalised or if you ever were cheated of a sum of money.
Even if you have hard evidence like a video, the MIB will heck care.
so easy to commit crimes in SG!

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dun drive car is the best

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so bold to steal cars this way.

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they certainly know what they are doing. hmmmm.............

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powerful thieves, i have to say.

so, dun buy honda CRV.

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...NOTHING IS SAFE !!!! OMG OMG !

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Avoid Honda CRVs or SUVs in general for now i guess.

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if no bungalow den dont buy car lor LOL~

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no need buy new car. buy super old cars like those taxi old old 1. nobody will steal.

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police car.nobody will steal.

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seems like everything can get stolen now ..

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