Islamabad: 455 vehicles stolen from ICT in 2008
ISLAMABAD: Over 455 vehicles have been lifted from Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) during January to August 2008 and police recovered only 40 vehicles. Most of the vehicles were stolen from the limits of urban area police stations. Margalla, Shalimar, I-9, Kohsar, Aabpara and Sabzi Mandi police stations were on top.
As many as 120 vehicles were stolen from the limits of Margalla, 84 from Shalimar, 80 from Industrial Area, 50 from Kohsar, 47 from Aabpara, 40 from Sabzi Mandi, seven from Secretariat, six each from Tarnol, Shahzad Town and Sihala, four from Koral, three from Golra and two from Bhara Khau police stations, police sources told Daily Times.
Sources said 50 vehicles were lifted in January, 52 in February, 62 in March, 83 in April, 56 in May, 60 in June, 52 in July and 40 in August to-date.
Carjacking will further increase in the city as police high-ups are only concentrating on security of VIPs and paying no attention to protection of life and property of general public, they said.
Sources said several organised gangs of car lifters were operating in the city but police were unable to arrest them. “Car lifters have invented a device to jam the car tracking system installed in the vehicles,” they said. The rising car lifting could be controlled by appointing skillful people in the Anti Car-Lifting Cell (ACLC) of capital police and equip them with modern technology, they said.
ACLC in charge Inspector Khalid Masood Akram said they had recovered 40 vehicles. Replying to a question, he said lack of coordination among ICT police and provincial police departments was main reason of low recovery rate. He said carelessness of citizens was another reason of rising car lifting cases, as most the people did not properly lock their vehicles, he said.