Islamabad: 355 vehicles stolen from capital in six months
ISLAMABAD: Over 355 vehicles were lifted from different parts of the federal capital during the last six months while police recovered only 16 vehicles. Most of the vehicles were stolen from urban area heavily guarded by police all the time. Ninety-three vehicles were stolen from the limits of Margalla, 67 from Shalimar, 61 from Industrial Area, 49 from Kohsar, 46 from Aabpara and 39 from Sabzi Mandi police stations.
A police official on condition of anonymity told Daily Times that of 355 vehicles 50 were stolen in January this year, 52 in February, 62 in March, 83 in April, 56 in May and 50 in June. He said car-stealing in Islamabad would increase further, since the gangs involved were getting stronger day-by-day. He said the capital police had not made any plan yet to hit those heading car-stealing gangs.
The official said the police deployed at the city’s entry and exit points had no proper equipment or record to check any suspected vehicle on the spot. “About two cases of car-stealing occur daily in capital city,” he said.
He said currently the car lifters were mainly targeting small vehicles but in future the theft of luxury vehicles would also increase. He said the car lifters had invented devices, which jam tracking system installed in the vehicles.
Lack of cooperation Inspector Khalid Masood Akram, Anti Car-stealing Cell (ACLC) in charge, said most of the car lifters after stealing the vehicles shifted them to NWFP, Kashmir and Northern Areas. “Lack of coordination among provincial police departments and Islamabad Capital Territory Police (ICT) is main reason of low rate of recovery of stolen vehicles,” he said.
He said the ACLC few months ago had sent a list of least of 101 criminals including car lifters, car-snatchers and those involved in business of stolen vehicles, to Inspector General of Police, NWFP. Unfortunately, so far the provincial police have made no arrest, he added. The ICT police also sent a request to Motorway Police to allow them pickets at Islamabad and Chakri Toll Plazas for checking of vehicles to control car-stealing, he said, adding that the Motorway Police refused to accept their request. Akram said with the cooperation of governments of NWFP and Azad Kashmir and Northern Area’s administration they could recover thousands of vehicles easily.
He said carelessness of citizens was another reason of rising car-stealing cases as most of the people did not lock their vehicles properly that provide an easy chance to car lifters.