Residents of Palam Vihar and adjoining sectors 22, 23 and 23 A are on the edge after a spurt in cases of car theft. On Wednesday, the fourth theft of the month was reported from the area and the police have failed to recover any of the stolen cars.
Aseem Takyar, a resident, said, “My car parked was stolen from outside my house in the wee hours of Wednesday. Vehicle thefts are increasing in the area and the police are of no help.” Palam Vihar shares borders with neighbouring Delhi at two places. While the Kapashera border is manned by the Delhi Police, the one at Bijwasan is unattended.
More than 80% of vehicle theft cases reported remain unsolved in the city that registers about seven vehicle thefts a day. On an average, around 2,400 cases of vehicle thefts are registered in the city every year.
On the other hand, police claim to have increased night patrolling in the city and many gangs, mainly from Mewat, have been busted who were involved in more than 500 theft cases.
Residents, however, are not satisfied with the police action and demand better security arrangements. Maheshwar Dayal, joint commissioner of police, said, “We conduct regular drives at night to check vehicle documents. The barricades are installed near the exit of the highway and on the roads connecting to neighbouring villages.”
“Residents park their vehicles outside their houses and thieves can easily target them,” added Dayal.