E-scooters easy targets for thieves

No police data on such thefts, but growing popularity, portability make PMDs attractive targets

Food delivery rider Dayan Lim had his e-scooter stolen last month, but was able to recover it with the help of e-scooter enthusiast group Just Visited, which managed to track down the culprit.
Food delivery rider Dayan Lim had his e-scooter stolen last month, but was able to recover it with the help of e-scooter enthusiast group Just Visited, which managed to track down the culprit.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

Last month, food delivery rider Dayan Lim received a shock when he returned to his e-scooter, which he had parked outside the Jem shopping mall in Jurong East.

"When I went back to my e-scooter, I saw a guy push away my FoodPanda bag and ride off with my e-scooter," he said, adding that he had not locked his device, which cost around $3,000.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 26, 2018, with the headline 'E-scooters easy targets for thieves'. Subscribe