Learning from his past experience, Harsh Vardhan Kalra, 35, a management consultant, did everything a common man would do to safeguard his vehicle.
After installing a GPS system, gear lock and central locking in his car, this Patel Nagar resident went a step ahead and installed CCTV cameras outside his house.
But the security equipment worth R1 lakh didn’t help at all as Kalra’s SUV, a Tata Safari, was stolen from outside his house on Sunday morning - the second time in two years.
“In 2010, my new Safari car was stolen in the similar manner. I became extra careful after that and purchased all kinds of security equipment to safeguard my new SUV. But thieves seem to have an edge when it comes to technology,” Kalra said.Experts, too, feel gadgets are just a deterrent as thieves are always a step ahead of the police. "All the accessories you install in your vehicle are for those who are not thieves. Thieves are experts and you cannot beat them. If they have come to steal a vehicle, they will make sure that they will take it away at any cost," Tutu Dhawan, a automobile expert, said.
The CCTV cameras installed outside Kalra’s Patel Nagar house has captured the thieves but the local police have so far failed to trace them. “The GPS device in my car indicated the location till Modi Nagar in Ghaziabad after which the thieves might have removed it, as the signals stopped after that,” Kalra added.
Apart from the gadgets, Kalra had also secured his car by fastening it with a steel chain. “However, the thieves broke it and when my father heard the noise he came out and ran after the thieves but they had already managed to flee. He then informed the police but even the cops failed to stop them from crossing Delhi’s border,” Kalra added.
The CCTV footage shows four thieves who arrived at the scene in an SX4 car. They parked it right behind Kalra’s SUV. One of them got inside the car and cut the gear lock. The thieves tried to pick the steel chain fastened to secure the car. They reversed the vehicle in speed to break the lock with which the chain was latched on to a hook. It took about 90 minutes for the thieves to steal the car.