Motor vehicle thefts in Kenya rise by 22 pc-KNBS and AKI

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The 2017 Economic Survey by Kenya national Bureau of statistics (KNBS) shows that motor vehicle theft shot up by 22 per cent last year as crime levels continued to soar.

According to the Survey, 1,355 vehicles were reported stolen to the police in 2016 compared to the 1,111 the year before.

The Survey indicates that crime went up by 6.2 per cent to 76,986 from the 72,450 cases recorded in 2015.

KNBS, “Offences against persons and stealing were the main types of crime reported in 2016 accounting for 29 per cent and 13 per cent of crimes reported respectively.”

Earlier on, research by the Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI) indicated that vehicles whose value is below Sh1 million are the most likely to be stolen.

AKI reported that out of the 406 cars reported stolen to insurers, 71 per cent were of the Toyota brand while 51 per cent were white in colour.

Silver, black, blue and grey vehicles, in that order also made it to the list of cars stolen most frequently.