Buy safety device for your car and get it installed at the earliest; dont be overtly dependent on the police to protect it from vehicle thefts. Thats Police Commissioner Y S Dadwals message to Delhiites.
In fact,you might soon get a letter to that effect from the police.
In an attempt to educate people about safeguarding their vehicles,Dadwal on Tuesday told the media that the police department will write to 65 lakh vehicle owners in Delhi to install safety devices in their vehicles.
We are going to write to each and every car owner in the city,requesting them to put at least a clutch-lock if they do not want to put GPS, Dadwal said.
He said the police would also provide vehicle owners with telephone numbers of dealers of safety devices in their area. Given the sheer number of vehicles in Delhi,Dadwal said the police alone cannot prevent vehicle thefts. People have to invest some money in this (safety gear), he said. It is not possible for police alone to prevent such incidents (thefts).
Police statistics say 8,844 vehicles were reported stolen from the Capital this year till September 30. Of these,4,500 are motorcycles; 3,300 are cars; and 400 scooters. The rest are other vehicles three-wheelers,tractors etc.
In 2008,a total of 11,020 vehicles were reported stolen,and 8,863 theft reports were lodged in 2007,according to police statistics.
As against the sharp increase in thefts,the police record of solving these cases has more or less remained static: between 20 per cent and 30 per cent.
Why vehicles are stolen
A senior officer said,Vehicles are stolen for a host of reasons. First,it could be for temporary or long-term use criminals hope they will go undetected as the police are overworked. Or it could be for use in commission of another crime. In some cases we even found that the accused stole a vehicle for a joyride and abandoned it later.
Sometimes stolen vehicles are dismantled and their parts are sold off as spare parts or built into new vehicles. But vehicles are mostly stolen and resold to unsuspecting customers in Haryana,Punjab,Bihar,Rajasthan or Uttar Pradesh.
The officer said as part of the effort to crack down on vehicle theft the police have identified affected places and time zone and deployed additional staff in these areas. We have also requested the State Transport Authorities of neighbouring states against registering second-hand vehicles without an NOC from the authority concerned.
Records of stolen vehicles have been computerised and parking attendants have been made aware.
Where they are stolen
The police stations which record most vehicle theft cases are Prashant Vihar,Rohini,Saraswati Vihar,Malviya Nagar,Patel Nagar,Anand Vihar,Paschim Vihar,Shalimar Bagh,Pandav Nagar and several Trans-Yamuna areas.
What you can do
An officer said devices like Global Positioning System,gear lock,steering lock,clutch lock,central lock and others are easily available in the market. We will ask people to install these devices, he said.
Delhi Police had earlier this year written to vehicle manufactures to install built-in anti-theft devices. The police also put advertisements in newspapers,asking vehicle owners to install anti-theft devices.