The theft of the vehicle has increased so much that all the plans of the police are also failing. To carry out such theft, nowadays thieves use a lot of hi-tech technology, after which no evidence can be found.
Cases of car theft are increasing rapidly in Delhi.
Cases of vehicle theft are increasing day by day in Delhi. More vehicles are being stolen in the capital than mobile phones. According to Delhi Police data, 3,07,000 vehicles were stolen between 2011 and 2020. Despite the lockdown that took place between March 15 and 30 last year, 83 vehicles were stolen every day. The total number of vehicles stolen in 15 days was 1,243. A police officer said, “The lockdown not only restricted the movement of people but also increased the presence of security personnel on roads and borders. But this made little difference to the auto lifters as they still managed to steal 1,243 vehicles in just 15 days.
National Crime Records Bureau data states that a vehicle is stolen every 12 minutes in 2019. Compared to other big cities, Delhi seems unsafe for vehicles. One vehicle is stolen every four hours in Mumbai, while one vehicle is stolen every two hours in Bangalore.
Incidents of vehicle theft are also not decreasing. Till June 15, 15,667 vehicles have been stolen. In the same period in 2020, 13,130 vehicles were stolen. In such a situation, the number of stolen vehicles is increasing continuously. Most of the cases are still not resolved. The recovery rate of 2020 was 11.94 percent i.e. only 11.94 percent of stolen vehicles were recovered. However, the recovery rate of stolen two-wheelers is much better than 72 per cent.
What do experts say
According to experts, the increase in vehicle theft is due to the proliferation of criminal groups which have well organized and disciplined operations. They also have well established networks. Because of this, it is becoming difficult for them to catch and trace the stolen vehicle. Also, vehicles are often stolen from deserted areas and late at night. During this there is very little chance of human intervention.
Hence, it is very easy to steal a vehicle and it gives a lot of advantage to thieves as compared to mobile devices. Another factor, which makes it difficult to trace stolen vehicles, is that Delhi shares more than 100 border points with Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. This makes it very easy for thieves to steal the vehicle and cross the border to enter another state.
Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir also could not survive
The Delhi Economic Survey report says that there are 11.8 million vehicles on the roads of Delhi. These figures are as of March last year. Two wheelers account for 67 percent of the total registered vehicles while cars and jeeps account for 28 percent. In May last year, a Toyota Fortuner belonging to BJP’s East Delhi MP and father of famous former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir was stolen. There were also CCTV footage which showed the thieves breaking into the SUV and driving it. The vehicle has not been recovered yet.
What is Delhi Police doing?
Delhi Police spokesperson Chinmoy Biswa said, “We take several measures to check the rise in vehicle thefts. These include analysis of vehicle theft patterns and gang modus operandi. The affected areas and time zones are identified and police personnel are deployed accordingly. Meetings are also held with Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) during the night to restrict entry-exit points of their colonies, deployment of security guards and installation of CCTV cameras.
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