The district police have created Android application ‘Match and Catch’ for easy recovery of stolen vehicles.
Based on an idea that struck superintendent of police (SP) Shashank Anand, the app when installed on the mobile phones of all cops in Rohtak will give them a database of more than 5,000 vehicles (including registration/engine/chassis numbers and make) stolen from the district in the past five years. “The app will soon be available on Google Play store and police personnel able to install it by feeding in username and password,” said the SP.
Anand told HT that the idea had occurred to him during a routine matching of recovered vehicles with the official record. “We had 44 recovered vehicles of Rohtak parked in our police stations and matching the engine numbers with record took several hours,” he said, adding: “This app can do this task quickly on the spot, and if the vehicle is stolen, also help us contact the vehicle owner. immediately.”
Policemen at checkpoints can screen the vehicles by RC/chassis/engine number to know which vehicle is stolen. Using this app during routine checking, the Rohtak police have traced a stolen motorcycle and received a clue to two more from the thief.