7 vehicles are stolen every day in Gurugram, trend on the rise
An analysis of vehicle theft data shows that neighbourhoods under Sadar police station, Sohna Road, Sector 14, Sector 29 and DLF phase 2 are the most vulnerable to vehicle theft. Police says Mewat gangs are behind the robberies.Updated: Jun 02, 2018 09:11 IST
Seven vehicles are stolen in Gurugram every day, making vehicle theft the most-often reported crime in the Millennium City, latest police statistics show.
There are 6 lakh private registered vehicles in Gurugram and 1.97 lakh commercial ones. The number of vehicles stolen from the city has risen consistently. From 2,280 vehicles stolen in 2010 to 4,242 in 2017, cases of motor vehicle thefts have witnessed a steep rise, according to the statistics.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sumit Kuhar said night patrolling had been enhanced in areas where maximum cases were reported. He said the police had been able to bust several gangs involved in such crimes.
However, data shows that the rate of resolution of such cases has been poor. In 2010, only 411 vehicles of the 2,280 stolen were recovered. The number dropped to 365 in 2016, when 3,808 vehicles were stolen. In 2017, the police did even worse as it was able to track only 104 of the 4,242 stolen vehicles.
This year, till April, 1,558 cases had been reported and the police were able to track only 107 vehicles.
Kuhar said in many instances, thefts take place due to carelessness of vehicle owners. He cited cases of bike owners leaving keys in the ignition.
“This year, cases of car and SUV thefts have come down and bike thefts have increased. The reason behind fewer bikes being recovered is that most often they are dismantled and their parts are sold. The police conduct regular drives at night to check vehicle documents, and barricades are put up near entry and exits of the highway and on the roads connecting the city to neighbouring villages,” Kuhar said.
An analysis of vehicle theft data shows that neighbourhoods under Sadar police station, Sohna Road, Sector 14, Sector 29 and DLF phase 2 are the most vulnerable to vehicle theft.
But residents say the police know the areas where carjackers operate with impunity but do very little to control them.
In March, Abhay Kant Sharma, a resident of Delhi and an executive at a multinational corporation on Golf Course Road in Gurugram. His bike was stolen despite the presence of private security guards and police.
Sharma filed a police complaint at Sector 29 police station but his bike is yet to be traced.
“A gang operating in the area keeps a watch on visitors parking their vehicles. A policeman standing nearby said he did not notice anyone tampering the bike lock,” Ram Kumar, a parking attendant at the Galleria Market, said.
Many victims told HT that they file a police case to ensure they could claim insurance cover and be safe in case the vehicle is misused. Otherwise, they said they didn’t trust the police.
Anoop Kumar, a resident of Sector 23, said, “I am living here for the past five years. My Hyundai Creta car was stolen on March 5 outside the local market where I had gone to visit my gym,” Kumar said. He said the car was in the parking lot and not on the road.
Amar Singh, a resident of Palam Vihar, said Sectors 22, 23 and Palam Vihar are prone to thefts not just at night but even during the day. He said such cases are rising because of the “indifferent” attitude of the police.
“In my locality, about 10 cases are usually reported every week. But the police don’t take them seriously. They only register the case but most cases remain unsolved,” he said.
Gurugam police crime branch officials said gangs from Mewat are mostly behind bike thefts. The gangs hire youngsters from neighbouring villages for a measly Rs 1,500- Rs 2,000 for each visit to Gurugram. They usually travel to the city twice a week and strike at crowded places such as Huda City Centre and local markets.
Half of the members target New Gurgaon while the others operate in Old Gurgaon. At least four to five bikes are stolen each day and brought to Huda City Centre from where they are taken to villages. The bikes are sold for Rs 8,000 to Rs 12,000 in Mewat, UP and Rajasthan. Many are dismantled and their parts sold separately, the officials said.