IN A bid to tackle the rising number of motor vehicle thefts in the capital,the Delhi Police Crime Branch has taken various initiatives aimed at better coordination with police in other states.
Statistics released by Delhi Police indicate that on an average,40 vehicles are stolen in the capital every day. As many as 14,391 motor vehicle theft cases were registered in 2012,while the figure for 2011 was marginally higher 14,668.
Police in all Delhi districts have been asked to keep in touch with police from other states to trace stolen vehicles. Cars stolen in the capital are often seized in other states and the move is expected to speed up recovery of such vehicles.
The Special Cell has been given the task of coordination with Jammu and Kashmir,while the Crime Branch will coordinate with police near the Nepal border and in Northeastern states. Likewise,police from other Delhi districts have been assigned the task of coordinating with their counterparts in neighbouring states.
Police sources said most arrested autolifters revealed that they preferred to sell stolen vehicles in the Northeastern states and Jammu and Kashmir.
Police also released a list of the most wanted autolifters Mustafa from Chandi Mahal,Sandeep from Sonepat,Sunny from Sambhal,Dilshad from Sunder Nagari,Hakkikat from Aurangabad,Rajesh from Najafgarh,Asgar from Mewat and Gaurav alias Chikna from Sagarpur. We have been asked to trace the movement of their associates,who have been released after they completed their prison terms. These autolifters are repeat offenders,who are usually released on bail after staying behind bars for a few months, a police officer said.
Interestingly,the Crime Branch has also asked officers investigating motor vehicle theft cases to oppose bail pleas of the repeat offenders to ensure that they do not return to vehicle theft after their release.
All police personnel in East and Northeast Delhi have been asked to conduct thorough checks at shops of the scrap dealers who help autolifters dismantle and sell stolen vehicles.
Police from each Delhi district have been told to identify the top 10 autolifters active in their area and to track them. We hope these initiatives bring down motor vehicle theft cases, the officer said.