Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Police seize pawned motos

Police seize pawned motos

Police seize pawned motos

090102_04_1.jpg
090102_04_1.jpg

Raids on illegal pawnshops have turned up hundreds of motorbikes without legal license plates as police implement a new social directive from the PM

Photo by: Sovan Philong

Police and shop owners inspect registration numbers at a motorbike dealer in Phnom Penh.

Police seized more than a thousand motorbikes from pawnshops across Phnom Penh this week in an effort to crack down on motorbike theft, police officials said.

A total of 1,170 bikes were retrieved during the ongoing action coordinated by the municipal governor, Phnom Penh Deputy Municipal Police Chief Pol Pithey said Tuesday.

The biggest raids took place in Tuol Kork, where police seized 779 motorbikes from 13 illegal pawnshops, district Governor Seng Rattanak said on Monday.

"In each place, we found 70 to 100 motorbikes without [licence]plate numbers, [vehicle] tax numbers or proper identification, so they may have been involved in a larceny", he said.

Kuch Chamroeun, governor of Meanchey district, said Sunday that police removed 286 motorbikes from a single pawnshop in the area and detained the owner for questioning, adding that he suspected illegal activities.

Police are now checking the bikes' licence codes and engine numbers, and will ask pawnshop owners to produce the matching documents, the officials said.

"Pawnshop owners will be interrogated if we find they were pawning illegal motorbikes without proper documents," Seng Rattanak said.

The officials invited victims of motorbike theft to retrieve their property from district police stations by bringing both their ownership certificate and the bike's vehicle tax certificate.Pol Pithey said he was trying to contact other provincial commissioners in order to identify the owners of stolen vehicles.

The crackdown on illegal pawnshops followed an order from Prime Minister Hun Sen to maintain security, Seng Rattanak said, explaining that trade in stolen goods was a threat to society.

Men Phally, who owns a pawnshop for motorbikes and cars at Stung Meanchey commune, said on Sunday she appreciates the police action.

"I welcome the crackdown because I see that there are still several shops in Phnom Penh that receive motorbikes without proper documents but sell them for a high profit."

"My shop always pays careful attention to the motorbikes because we are afraid that, if we receive stolen goods without legal documents, we will be accused of receiving illegal property," she said, adding that her shop has never had any problems in its many years in business.

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release