To take on vehicle thieves and other criminals, the district police has formed five teams to trace suspects with mobile apps specially designed by the police to trace the vehicles.
The teams involve members from the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA), said the officials. The teams are working in different areas of all the major towns of the district including Kharar, Zirakpur, Derabassi, Kurali and Mohali city.
The members of these special teams go to areas from where the criminals were arrested in the past. They have been directed to download specialised apps on their mobile phones which will help them trace stolen vehicles.
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The mobile app is connected with the state transport department and the National Crime Records Bureau, which have records of all the stolen vehicles. Whenever the CIA checks the registration number in the app, they find out whether the vehicle is stolen or not. Only police personnel can use the app.
A member of the team told Chandigarh Newsline that they go to the area assigned to them and check the number of as many vehicles as they can on their apps.
“We have apps on our phones which can trace a stolen vehicle, we go to our assigned area and check the registration numbers of the vehicles parked there. It’s helping us, as we managed to trace some stolen vehicles in Kharar,” added a cop.