Lahore: AVLS recovers 487 stolen vehicles worth Rs 200m
LAHORE: The Anti–Vehicle Lifting Squad (AVLS) has seized 487 stolen vehicles worth Rs 200 million during the current year. It was disclosed during a meeting presided over by Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Pervez Rathore on Sunday, according to a police press release. The meeting discussed various measures to control vehicle theft and the recovery of stolen vehicles. Lauding efforts of the AVLS, the CCPO directed the squad to expedite efforts to nab gangs involved in vehicle theft. He said that a campaign should also be launched against those involved in the sale of stolen vehicles after tampering with them.
Rathore said that the closing down of stolen vehicles’ sale points could decrease vehicle theft. “Vehicles not armed with anti-theft gadgets are more likely to be stolen,” he said, adding that people should be educated on ways to protect their vehicles.
He directed police officials to note down the particulars of stolen vehicles soon after any wireless broadcasts, and warned them of strict action if anyone on duty did not retrieve any stolen vehicles’ information from the broadcast.
He observed that a number of stolen vehicles could be recovered minutes after their theft provided policemen displayed a sense of responsibility following the wireless broadcast.
Calling for the immediate return of recovered vehicles to their owners, he warned police officials of strict action if they were found negligent or created hurdles in the return of vehicles to their owners.
He noted that the global positioning systems in vehicles had greatly reduced vehicle theft, and asked vehicle owners to install this system.