Wait, one of the most stolen cars in Japan is the Toyota Alphard?
CY Foong · May 3, 2021 03:30 PM
Japan may have one of the lowest crime rates globally but that doesn’t mean it’s a completely clean country. Vehicles do get stolen and in Saitama Prefecture, the most popular stolen vehicle is the Toyota Alphard.
Yes, Japanese car thieves fancy the luxury breadbox on wheels as much as our VIPs and politicians. By the way, Saitama is located 38 minutes away from Tokyo, and manga/anime fans may recognise the name from a certain bald, caped superhero who fights off enemies with one punch.
But back to the Alphard and the reason why it is highly favoured among car thieves is the MPV’s strong value in the used car market as well as it being a popular car, both in Japan and overseas, like Malaysia and Hong Kong.
As such, some of the stolen cars get shipped overseas or even resold in Japan with the original VIN removed. In some cases, to make it harder to trace and sinisterly, easier to take out of the country, the vehicles get broken up into spares.
However, the Alphard wasn’t the most stolen car reported in Japan. According to a survey conducted by the General Insurance Association of Japan in November 2020, the Toyota MPV is ranked sixth among thirty models that were conducted.
Indeed, even a country with a squeaky-clean image like Japan is not immune to car theft. So, be safe out there and arm your cars with anti-theft features to prevent your pride and joy from being stolen.