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Rise in car theft cases in Gurgaon evokes concern

Three cases have been filed at the DLF-1 police station. The complainants claimed that the thieves broke into their vehicles and stole laptops, power banks, mobile phone chargers and other valuables

gurgaon Updated: Feb 01, 2018 22:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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According to the police, the gangs have been striking at vehicles parked in unsafe locations near MG Road. Police said in most cases, they smash the car windows and flee with valuables.(Parveen Kumar/HT FILE)

If you live in Gurgaon and leave your valuables in your car, think again. For, there has been a sharp upward spiral in incidents of car theft across the city. The thieves have been targeting vehicles parked outside popular shopping malls, hotels and eateries.

According to the police, the gangs have been striking at vehicles parked in unsafe locations. Police said in most cases, they smash the car windows and flee with valuables.

As many as three cases have been registered where unidentified people allegedly broke into cars and made off with laptops, power banks, data cards and mobile phone chargers among other items. Police said that the cars were all parked in the DLF-1 area.

Raman Soni, one of the complainants and a software engineer, told police that he had parked his car to near Fortune Hotel in DLF Phase 1 at around 10pm on Tuesday when thieves broke into his vehicle and fled with valuables.

He said that as he returned to his car, he found a glass window broken and a laptop, power bank and a mobile phone charger stolen.

A case was filed at the DLF-1 police station on Wednesday under Section 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code.

Ananya Chowdhary, another complainant and a resident of Rohini in Delhi, told police that she had parked her car near Bristol Hotel in Sikanderpur to attend a dinner invite. She said that as she returned to her car, she found its glass window on the left smashed and her wallet stolen. She said her wallet had ₹1.5 lakh in cash.

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In the third case, the gang followed the same modus operandi. Pooja Sejwal, a resident of Dharam Kanta in Delhi, told police that unidentified people broke into her vehicle and fled with valuables kept in it.

Gurgaon Police has filed FIRs in all three cases. “We are investigating all these cases and have gathered information on the accused. FIRs have been filed. We have been advising motorists not to park their vehicles along the road, as cases of car theft has gone up. The footage from CCTVs installed nearby might shed some light in these cases. We are trying to nab the gang behind these crimes. We will increase surveillance in the area (DLF-1) to prevent such incidents in the future,” Ramesh Singh, investigating officer, DLF-1 police station, said.

First Published: Feb 01, 2018 22:57 IST