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Figures belie cop claims of dip in vehicle thefts

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2009 02:04 IST
Karan Choudhury

Unable to control motor vehicle thefts in the Capital, Delhi Police is now taking refuge in word play.

The city may have lost 1,300 vehicles till July 15, but Delhi Police claim that motor vehicle thefts have seen a slight decrease per lakh of motor vehicle population.

According to police, with the increase in the number of vehicles in the city, motor vehicular thefts have seen a decrease.

Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal had earlier said at a news conference: “This year we have seen that around 175 vehicles have been stolen per lakh of motor vehicle population. This is less than the corresponding figures for last year.” Last year around 184 vehicles were stolen per lakh of population.

This may be true but the according to police records there has been an increase in the number of motor vehicle thefts.

The figures

In the first fifteen days of this month 1,306 vehicles were stolen. This means on an average, the city lost around 87 vehicles per day. While last year in the same corresponding period the figure stood at 1,046 bringing the average to 69 vehicles stolen per day.

The police also claim that there has been a 22 per cent increase in the number of motor vehicle theft cases solved. According to them out of 5,432 cases they have been able to solve just 850 of them.

Police speak

Police on their part do acknowledge that motor vehicle thefts are on the rise. But they have their own reasons behind it.

“Manual maintenance of records by the State Transport Authority in most areas makes it easy to create and alter records. Most of the vehicles stolen are disposed off in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir and a few northeastern states, and countries like Nepal and Bangladesh,” Dadwal said.

Other factors like non-availability of fixed registration plates have also contributed to the increasing number of motor vehicle thefts.


Dadwal is sure that with the arrest of Manoj Bakkarwala (34), involved in more than 500 cases of car thefts along with his associate on Tuesday evening from Nangloi area, would lead to decline in car thefts.

A number of other gangs have also been neutralised but thefts are still on the rise.