Rawalpindi: Over 800 vehicles stolen in 9 months
RAWALPINDI: Despite tall claims by police of taking measures to stop rising vehicle theft incidents, over 800 vehicles have been stolen over the last nine months in the district. According to official data seen by Daily Times, over 800 vehicles including 650 cars, over 100 motorbikes, 15 tractors, dumpers etc have been stolen this year so far in the district. Over 50 cases of vehicle snatching at gunpoint were reported with the city police and in these cases about 25 people were hurt by the attackers on resistance.
In the same period last year, around 685 vehicles were stolen which meant that the police have failed to arrest vehicle thieves. Over the last nine months, the police have remained on high alert because of terrorist attacks and prevailing unrest in the city.
Regional Police Officer (RPO) Nasir Khan Durrani has been strict on inefficient police officials but his actions remained fruitless. He tried to activate Anti Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) but shortage of resources had come into his way.
The RPO also introduced Car Safety Plan (CSP) to control rising car theft cases but failed again because reliable gadgets were unavailable in the market.
An official of the ACLC told Daily Times that most of the lifted vehicles were shifted to NWFP and AJK where they were sold at a low price. He said there were reports that car lifters had set up machines to break down vehicles at their hideouts and then sell them part by part.
He said car–lifters could easily remove or temper with engine numbers and they had developed some gadget to jam car security system.