The car theft cases and other criminal activities are on the rise in the city. The police have failed to stem the growing incidents of vehicle thefts reported from the parking lots.
A photo journalist’s motorbike was recently stolen from a parking lot at Film City. He filed a complaint with the Sector 20 police. An attendant of the parking lot was detained. Soon after the detention, his bike was found near the parking lot.
The police officials admit that there is a nexus between car thieves and parking attendants. “There is a shortage of parking space and many cases of criminal activities are reported from unauthorised parking lots in Noida. In many cases attendants are found working along with thieves,” said Yogesh Singh, superintendent of police (city).
“In some cases attendants write a wrong vehicle number on the parking slip and then the vehicle gets stolen. When the vehicle owner complains of theft, the attendant claims that he never parked the car as the parking slip does not show his car number,” said Singh.
Such cases are quite common at parking lots in sectors 18, 29, 36, 30 32, 15, 29 and 62. According to the police, cases of brawl and theft were even reported from parking lots at Metro stations.
Several commuters have faced the problem. Namit Vashistha, a resident of south Delhi, lost his Santro car at Sector 18 parking lot in July last year. Vashistha, who had come to Centrestage Mall to watch a movie with his friends, parked his car at a parking lot adjacent to the mall. “When I found my car missing, I immediately asked the parking attendant about my vehicle. When I told him that it is his responsibility to ensure my car’s safety, he asked me to file a complaint with the police,” said Vashistha.