Tuesday, 13 March 2012 14:44
Freelance rent-a-car operators, beware!
The Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has uncovered a new modus operandi of carjackers victimizing unsuspected car owners who advertise their vehicles for rent through the internet.
The police issued the warning following the carjacking of two late model Hyundai vans by carjackers in Pampanga and Bataan recently.
The new modus operandi by carjacking groups was reported by Senior Supt. Sheldon Jacaban, chief of the HPG in Central Luzon, to warn car owners renting their cars to strangers.
Chief Supt. Leonardo A. Espina, HPG director, said carjackers posing as “clients” to rent a car call up by mobile phone the owner of the vehicle telling the latter that they would like to rent his car.
The would-be “client” would then instruct the car owner to pick him up at a given address. After a few minutes, however, he would again make a call with another instruction for the driver to proceed instead to a gasoline station, where other members of his group are waiting.
To cover their ill-motive, the carjackers would make a down payment for the vehicle’s rental.
They then instruct the driver to go to a certain place, but while on the way the driver is forced out of the vehicle, Espina said.
Freelance “rent-a-car” service providers are prohibited under the Land Transportation and Traffic Code of the Philippines because they have no franchise.
by: Ben Cal-PNA)
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