Vehicle lifters seem to prefer Maruti Suzuki cars, as is evident from the data of vehicle thefts in 2014. Of the total 225 car thefts in Chandigarh, 56 were Maruti 800s, 15 Maruti Esteems and 12 Maruti Zens. A total of 788 vehicles were stolen last year.
A senior police official, seeking anonymity, said thieves preferred these vehicles as they had higher resale value in both second-hand and spare parts markets, adding that the door locks of these vehicles were easily broken, without the use of technology or force.
Mahindra’s Bolero is second in the list with 35 such SUVs being stolen last year. The police failed to recover even a single such vehicle.
The police officials claimed that the vehicle was stolen as the SUV could be used as a taxi and also had good resale, adding that just like Maruti cars, door locks of even this vehicle could be easily broken.
Besides these four-wheelers, 102 Hero Honda motorcycles were stolen, while 93 Honda Activas were also nicked. Whereas, only 17 Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles were lifted, which the cops attributed to its poor resale prospects as compared to Honda vehicles.
Meanwhile, the data also revealed that of the 788 vehicles stolen in 2014, the police were able to recover only 218 vehicles.
Similarly, in 2012, of the 879 vehicles stolen, only 294 vehicles were recovered, and in 2013 only 238 vehicles were recovered against the 900 vehicles stolen.
Chandigarh senior superintendent of police Dr Sukhchain Singh Gill said they were preparing a map to identify areas where vehicle thefts were most common last year, so as to prepare a strategy to curb vehicle thefts and improve recovery of stolen vehicles.