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Four Cars are Stolen Daily

Four Cars are Stolen Daily

Four cars are stolen daily
Four cars are stolen daily

LAHORITES are troubled by the increasing car thefts in the city as no less than four people are deprived of their cars every day on average.

An analysis of the first six months’ car heft crime pattern based on data from the Lahore Police shows that around 703 cars were lifted from various parts of the city from January 1 to June 22, 2010, where 637 cars were stolen during the same period last year. The success rate for detecting stolen motor vehicles is low as challans of only 75 cases out of 703 cases were submitted. Around 637 cars were stolen in the corresponding period of 2009 and challans of only 62 cases were submitted to the respective courts.

Model Town division police were again on the top as around 169 cars were lifted from their jurisdiction from January 1 to June 22, 2010 whereas 140 incidents were reported during the same period last year. The investigation wing could submit the challans of only 10 cases out of 169 during the said period of the current year, while challans of 18 cases out of 140 were submitted to the respective courts last year.

Iqbal Town Division police secured the second position as the number of car theft incidents recorded in its limits was 129 from January 1 to June 22, 1010 whereas 110 incidents of car theft were reported during the same period in 2009. Investigation police could submit challans of only 15 cases out of 129 to the courts during the current said period and seven cases out of 110 cases were submitted to the courts in the same period last year.

Sadar division police got the third position as 124 incidents of car theft were reported in their limits, while 111 incidents were recorded in the same period last year. Investigation wing could submit challans of only 17 cases out of 124 to the respective courts from January 1 to June 22, 2010, while challans of 17 cases out of 111 were submitted during the same period in 2009. No less than 104 incidents of car theft were reported in City division police

from January 1 to June 22, 2010, while 93 cases were reported during the same period in 2009. Investigation wing could submit challans of only 12 cases out of 104 in the last six months, whereas challans of nine cases out of 93 were submitted to the courts during the same period of previous year.

Around 100 incidents of car theft were reported in Civil Lines division police from Januray 1 to June 22, 2010, while 74 cases were reported during the same period in 2009. Investigation wing could submit challans of only 11 cases out of 100 in the last six months, whereas challans of three cases out of 74 cases were submitted to the respective courts during the same period of previous year.

Almost 77 car theft incidents were reported in Cantt division police during the last six months while 109 incidents were reported in the same period in 2009. Investigation wing could submit challans of only 10 cases out of 77, whereas challans of eight cases out of 109 were submitted in 2009.

From January 1 to December 31, 2009, no less than 1177 incidents of car theft were reported in the provincial metropolis of which investigation wing could submit the challans of only 279 cases.

Model Town division police remained on the top last year as well with 257 incidents of car theft. The investigation wing could submit challans of only 62 cases.

Similarly, no less than 217 cars were lifted from the limits of Iqbal Town division police whereas investigation wing could submit challan of only 63 cases. At least 212 cars were stolen from the limits of Sadar division police of which challans of 60 cases were submitted. Almost 179 cars were lifted from the jurisdiction of City division police of which chllans of only 32 cases were submitted. No less than 176 cars were stolen from Cantt division police of which challans of 42 cases were submitted. Around 136 cars were lifted from the area of Civil Lines division police of which challans of 20 cases were submitted.

Apart from professional gangs, according to police, even youngsters too are resorting to vehicle-lifting because of easy money it offers. They sell a stolen car on a throwaway price. Buyers either break it into spare parts or resell it after slight modification to buyers from other districts.

A police official said, “Motorists might have their vehicles fitted with the latest anti-theft devices, but even those could be vulnerable to innovative methods adopted by thieves.”

Also often the motorists park their vehicles outside the malls thinking that they would be back in no time and hence it does not make sense to pay for parking. In reality, however, the thieves have a field day while the unsuspecting four-wheeler owner is shopping inside, another officer said.

A citizen, Aqeel Malik, a resident of Ferdoas Market said, “The problem is that on weekends there is no parking space in the malls and shoppers park their vehicle outside where even we cannot keep a check as a result these unguarded vehicles are stolen by the thieves as the road is busy and nobody checks who the driver is.”

Dr Shahid Shaukat Malik, a resident of Nawankot said, “Police should increase the patrolling in the area with the increasing number of vehicle theft cases. Also they should put up posters informing people about how to secure their vehicle and the norms to follow about parking their vehicle. The increasing number of vehicles in the city and haphazard parking are the main problem due to which thieves have a field day.”

The city’s crime graph, like its burgeoning population, is also rapidly rising, a senior police officer admitted. He said that organised gangs were behind the lucrative trade of car thefts. The stolen vehicles are sold outside the city after their chassis and registration numbers are changed. There’s no denying that Lahore is a wealthy city, and the rise in crimes like theft that have a low detection rate is a natural corollary, he added.

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