Karachi: Car snatching turns thriving business in city
KARACHI: The city has witnessed record growth in the incidents of car snatching as 1,319 such cases were reported during last four months. According to CPLC statistics, around 1,319 vehicles were snatched at gunpoint in various parts of the metropolis during last four months, out of which some 519 vehicles were recovered. The ratio of incidents of car theft has declined as 393 cars were averagely stolen every month during 2012. The statistics further stated the total figure of snatched or stolen vehicles during last four months was around 1,319 vehicles, of which only 519 were recovered with the assistance of relevant authorities. The vehicles made under the umbrella of Suzuki have become first choice of the snatchers while Toyota and Honda were in second and third choices, respectively.
Moreover, it said that most of car snatching cases were registered on Friday as some 78 vehicles were stolen or snatched at this day while the said figure remained below 66 in other week days. The most favourite colour for the snatchers was white as 181 cars of the aforesaid colour were snatched or stolen from different areas of metropolis.
Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town appeared to be most lucrative area for the wrongdoers, while North Nazimabad, Jamshed Town, Clifton and Shah Faisal area were other highly vulnerable areas for motorists.
In the same way, around 5,071 bikes went missing during the said period. It said that out of total 5,071 incidents of bike snatching, only 638 bikes have so far been recovered.
The highest cases of bike snatching were reported in January as the Karachiities have lost 2,115 bikes in the said month. Similarly, Gulshan–e-Iqbal Town has again grabbed the top position in bike snatching incidents where 2,570 persons were deprived of their two-wheelers, while the inhabitants of Jamshed and city towns were second and third sufferers, respectively.