Bravo Islamabad Police: 729 vehicles stolen from capital in 2008
ISLAMABAD: Seven hundred and twenty–nine vehicles were stolen from various parts of the capital last year, while the police managed to recover just 40 vehicles, reflecting their poor policing and shameful performance. The car–jacking record speaks heavily against the police despite the fact that there are police pickets on almost every road and entry and exit point. However, despite this pathetic performance, the capital police top bosses insist that the law and order in the town is perfectly normal. The common public perception is that some black sheep in the police department are running organized gangs of car–lifters and the department must sort such elements out to save its fast eroding image.
According to the data available with Daily Times, majority of the vehicles were stolen from the urban areas of the town. Margalla, Shalimar, Industrial Area, Kohsar and Aabpara police stations top the list of the stations, which registered most of the cases.
As per data, Margalla Police Station registered 201 cases, Shalimar Police Station 150 cases, Industrial Area Police Station 135 cases, Aabpara Police Station 90 cases and Kohsar and Sabzi Mandi Police Stations 60 cases each followed by registration of 14 cases by Shahzad Town police station, 10 each by Sihala and Ternol Police Stations, seven by Secretariat Police Station, five by Golra Police Station and four each by Bhara Kahu and Koral police station.
A senior police official told Daily Times that there would be an increase in the number of car–lifting cases if the police department did not devise a comprehensive strategy to deal with it.
“This huge rise in the ratio of car lifting incidents shows that the top cops are only focusing on the security of VVIPs to the neglect of maintaining law and order in the town,” the official said.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Ahmad Latif said that a “comprehensive plan” had been chalked out to effectively deal with this menace, and in this regard the station house officers (SHOs) and other senior police officers had been directed to intensify patrolling in their respective areas.
He said Anti-Car Lifting Cell would also be upgraded besides setting up more pickets in different areas. He said the main reason for the rising number of car–lifting cases and low recovery rate was due to lack of coordination between the provincial police departments and Islamabad police.