In what could be termed as good news for vehicle owners across the city, in 2010, the Mumbai police managed to trace more stolen vehicles than in 2009. This is despite the fact that the number of vehicles stolen in 2010 was just four more than in 2009.
As per Mumbai police statistics, the number of vehicle thefts in 2010 was 3,809, of which 884 were traced. In 2009, the police registered 3,805 cases, of which 809 were traced.
“We are happy that the detection rate has improved this year as we had taken initiatives considering the rising number of vehicles stolen. One of our attempts was the Vehicle Registration Verification drive because of which we busted a few gangs,” said Vineet Agarwal, additional commissioner of police (central region).
The police had also formed an Anti-Motor vehicle theft squad in the western region after vehicle thefts rose last year. Firstly, the police managed to ensure vehicle theft cases did not rise in 2010 and secondly, traced vehicles with a detection rate of 23% this year compared to 21% last year, which meant 79 more stolen vehicles were traced in 2010.