Delhi Police on Thursday launched their first e-police station to deal exclusively with cases of motor vehicle theft.
The pilot project of the “Motor Vehicle Theft (MVT) Application” is now accessible on mobiles and computers. The soft launch is only for police stations in South Delhi and will be extended across the city after sorting out technical glitches.
The formal inauguration of the e-police station and the MVT App will be done next month by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, after which the e-police station and MVT app will be made available for public use, a senior crime branch officer said.
The app will enable the complainant to register a First Information Report (FIR) online and instantly receive a copy of the same without going to the police station.
The app will also provide an “untraced report” of the stolen vehicle to the complainant within 21 to 30 days of the FIR, helping the complainant seek an insurance claim.
“Electronic matching of stolen and unclaimed vehicles from the centralised databases and timely disposal of vehicle theft cases to reduce pendency at police stations and courts, are among other features which this app will provide to its user,” the officer said.
MVT app will ensure electronic transmission of digitally signed FIR to the complainant as well as the area SHO, designated Court, insurance company (if available). It will automatically send mobile text messages or emails to the police control room (PCR), all SHOs in Delhi police, district DCPs, state transport authority, all senior superintendents of police (SSPs) across the country, states crime records bureau (SCRB) and national crime records bureau (NCRB) simultaneously.
“Motor vehicles thefts in Delhi have been a cause of public frustration and anger towards Delhi Police. Public expect early recovery of vehicle and arrest of the culprits because such thefts cause not only an economic loss but also a loss of mobility. Auto theft cases investigation rarely proceeds from crime to criminal because no tell-tale signs are generally left at the spot. The breakthrough in these cases invariably is the consequence of human or technical intelligence-based operations,” said the officer.
“Since most of motor vehicles are insured, victims expect police to promptly register their complaint and take up investigation for early finalisation of the case so that they can claim insurance if the vehicle is not recovered. So, to provide relief to the victims, Delhi police have come up with this innovative online FIR scheme,” the officer said.
Fives FIRs related to thefts of vehicles were lodged with the e-police station through online registration. The first online registered FIR was related to theft of a Maruti Omni van falling under the Neb Sarai police station.