Two motor vehicles are stolen in the city every day, on average, data with the police department shows. For the 10-months from January 1 to October 31, 540 vehicles have been stolen (360 two-wheelers and 160 cars). Three-wheelers, buses and trucks were among the rest of the vehicles that were stolen. A break-up of the data reveals interesting trends. The first being that 54 thefts are reported every month.
“The thieves strike mostly at midnight. Cars without sensors are targeted,” said Pawan Kumar, DSP (crime).
Of the stolen vehicles, more than 50% (300) were stolen between 11pm and 5pm. The time slot of evening 5pm to 8pm saw 55 thefts. The prime-time for TV audiences when most people get ready to sleep — between 8pm and 11pm — saw 45 vehicles being stolen. In the afternoon, when most homemakers take a siesta and office-goers are busy at work, 24 vehicles were stolen.
Between 10am and 3pm, 90 vehicles were stolen. The morning slot of 5am and 10am reported 20 thefts.
ONLY ONE IN THREE VEHICLES RECOVERED
The cops’ record in recovering the stolen vehicles remained ordinary with only 37% of the stolen vehicles being recovered. In terms of numbers, 200 vehicles were recovered with 340 going untraced.
The police arrested 70 motor vehicle thieves (25 car lifters and 40 two-wheeler thieves) during this period.
NOVEMBER STARTED WITH RECOVERY OF 14 VEHICLES
On November 1, the crime branch of the Chandigarh Police arrested three people, including two brothers from SAS Nagar, and recovered 14 vehicles including three high-end motorbikes. With these arrests, the police claimed to have solved at least 40 theft cases in the city.
“The gang dismantled many of the stolen vehicles and sold their parts. We have recovered 10 two-wheelers after arresting two people,” said DSP Pawan.