In what could be a wake-up call for the city police, cases of vehicle theft continue to rise in the Millennium City.
As many as 1,700 auto-lifting cases were registered till July 25 this year. Of these, the police are yet to make any breakthrough in 1,350 cases.
According to official data, nearly 80% cases of vehicle theft have not been solved.
On an average, eight vehicles are reported stolen in the city every day.
Police officials said 2,600 cases of vehicle theft were reported in 2011, of which 2,100 vehicles are yet to be recovered.
In 2010, the police registered 2,300 vehicle theft cases and are yet to recover 1,930 vehicles.
Auto-lifters steal vehicles as per the demand of prospective buyers who specify the vehicle, model and colour, said the police.
They further said vehicle theft had become a common crime in the city and most of the stolen vehicles landed up in Mewat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Nepal.
Auto-lifters mostly target crowded places, parking lots, malls and shopping complexes.
To keep a check on such cases, the Gurgaon police had formed a special squad in February, which comprised 10 dedicated PCRs and 150 policemen.
“All PCR in-charges have been instructed to be extra vigilant and guard their respective areas. The PCR also patrol the areas,” said a senior police official.