Crackdown on car theft afoot in Rawalpindi
RAWALPINDI: The city police are all set to launch a massive crackdown on car theft to instil a sense of security among people, police sources told Daily Times on Sunday. They said around 375 people were deprived of their vehicles during the first six months of this year. They said the police had adopted different techniques to bring down the rising number of car lifting cases.
They said offices of Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) would be set up at each police station. Superintendent of police (SP) and two of his deputies (DSPs) would supervise the crackdown and monitor the performance of the ACLC, they said. They said the police would utilise advanced technology to control car thefts. Initially, they said, 45 closed circuit camera televisiona (CCTVs) had been installed at different locations.
The police would monitor law and order situation in different security zones and launch an operation to identify fake cases of car thefts, they said. They said the Punjab government had decided to provide the police with state-of-art equipment including ‘night vision security cameras’ to improve policing system at night.
They said over 100 motorbikes, 20 patrolling vans, and over 1,000 policemen would take part in the crackdown. They said senior police officials were hopeful that the crackdown would control car thefts and improve the recovery rate. They said ACLC, Rescue 15, Muhaffiz Force and Traffic Wardens would be given different tasks to curb the menace of car lifting. They said the police would also co-ordinate with the Motorway and GT Road Administration to stop movement of stolen cars between big cities.
They said police mobile labs would examine spare parts shops to check the business of spare parts. They said field officers had been directed to ensure that innocent people were not implicated in false car theft cases. A strict action, they said, would be taken against those officials who were found guilty of implicating innocent people in false cases.
They said the police had arrested several gangs of car lifters in the recent past but they had been released on bails. They said senior police officials were making strategies to ensure that the gangsters could not get bail easily. They said the police would strive to break strong networks of car lifters, which were reportedly being operated by the ringleaders who were in jails.