Explore options to prevent vehicle thefts: L-G Baijal to Delhi govt

Police statistics show that this year, till August 15, 27,780 cases of motor vehicle thefts were reported, which is almost 2,500 cases more than what was reported during the same period last year.

delhi Updated: Aug 24, 2018 02:38 IST
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The Delhi Police informed L-G Anil Baijal that owing to acute shortage of parking space, the general practice was to park on the roadside. The unwillingness of most vehicle owners to install anti-theft tools is also leading to a spike in vehicle thefts. (HT File Photo)

Delhi lieutenant-governor (L-G) Anil Baijal on Thursday directed authorities to explore the provision of making the installation of various safety devices such as anti-vehicle theft equipment “mandatory” for registration of vehicles in Delhi.

The move intends to prevent vehicle thefts, which have been rising in the city since 2011.

Police statistics show that this year, till August 15, 27,780 cases of motor vehicle thefts were reported, which is almost 2,500 cases more than what was reported during the same period last year.

A total of 40,972 vehicles were stolen last year. In 2011, police had registered 14,668 vehicle theft cases.

The L-G issued the instructions during a meeting he chaired on Thursday to review the action taken and strategy to prevent property offences, especially motor vehicle thefts. It was attended by the Delhi government’s additional chief secretary (home), special commissioner (transport), Delhi Police commissioner and other senior police officers.

The Delhi Police informed the L-G that owing to acute shortage of parking space, the general practice was to park on the roadside. The unwillingness of most vehicle owners to install anti-theft tools is also leading to a spike in vehicle thefts.

“The lieutenant -governor instructed officials to explore the option of making installation of safety devices mandatory for registration of vehicles in Delhi,” the L-G’s office said in a statement.

The transport department said it will consider the option.

“It could be done by amending the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. However, the modalities will have to be decided with the Centre as it is yet to be decided who will fit these devices — the owner or the manufacturer,” a transport official said.

Baijal directed the Delhi Police to take strategic steps to curb incidents of vehicle thefts. He asked the police to focus on coordination with other stakeholders such as the transport department, insurance companies and police force of neighbouring states. He also asked police to focus on investigation, prosecution and conviction so as to deter the criminals.

As many as five vehicles are stolen every hour in the city with motorcycles being the prime target. Police statistics till June 30 show that of the 21,298 vehicles stolen, 12,689 were motorcycles— about 60% of all cases.

As many as 3,871 cars and 3,237 scooters were stolen during this time, while other vehicles accounted for 7% of thefts.

First Published: Aug 24, 2018 02:38 IST