The Delhi Police are going places. To improve the recovery rate of the city’s stolen vehicles, cops will now head to far off places such as Jammu and Kashmir and the Northeast to collect details of unclaimed vehicles lying in police stations there. Till now, their search only covered Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
According to Delhi Police statistics, 44,025 vehicles — cars and two-wheelers — were stolen in the past three years, but only 7,425 were recovered. This translates to about 40 vehicles stolen every day, but less than 20% are traced.
Now, the city’s cops have issued a fresh circular, directing the district police and specialised units to pack their bags."While the 11 districts have been asked to check police stations of neighbouring states, the crime branch has to go to the Nepal border and the northeastern states. The special cell will go to J&K," a senior police officer said.
Interestingly, nabbing culprits seems easier than recovering stolen vehicles. In 2012, 3,532 auto lifters were arrested, but only 2,576 vehicles could be recovered out of a total of 14,391 that were stolen in the Capital.
Vehicle thefts account for 26% of total crime in the city.
Delhi accounts for 9.7% of vehicle thefts in the country, behind only Uttar Pradesh (14.1%) and Maharashtra (12.7%) — both much larger states in terms of area. “The biggest reason for these thefts is non-availability of parking places in residential areas and commercial complexes. Also, owners should be more careful about the safety of their cars,” the officer said.