The vehicle theft and snatching cases are on the rise in Gurgaon with the police registering, on an average, seven cases a day. According to data available, the police are yet to crack more than 80% cases reported so far this year.
Till October, 2,380 vehicle theft cases have been registered in different police stations of the city. With two more months remaining, this figure is likely to surpass last year's 2,400.
According to the police, 1,900 vehicles are still untraceable. Two-wheelers top the list of stolen vehicles as they are commonly used by criminals for committing crimes such as chain and purse snatching.
Kavita Rajpurohit, resident, DLF City Phase 2, said, "I gifted a motorbike to my son on his birthday last week but after two days it was stolen from outside our house." Recently, a student of Amity International School had parked his bike in Sector 14 market and when he returned his bike was not to be seen.
Although the police have launched many drives, they could not curb rising number of vehicle thefts. To hide their inefficiency, they blame the residents.
However, proliferation of unauthorised parking lots is also one of the causes of vehicle thefts. Many parking attendants work hand in glove with vehicle thieves. The police claimed to have busted a large number of carjacker gangs and recovered vehicles.
"This year, we busted a notorious gang which was involved in many robberies and vehicle thefts and recovered more than 200 two-wheelers," said a police officer.
Police say many gangs operate out of Mewat. Though the police have managed to find the destination of stolen vehicles, they could not do much to demolish the network.
In June, the police busted a gang operated by students of a government college in Gurgaon and recovered 65 two-wheelers.