The Delhi Police has given several reasons behind the rise in number of vehicle thefts in Delhi. Of them, the police pointed out that non-availability of parking spaces in residential areas, indifference of owners, reluctance to spend on safety devices, as well as lacunae like re-registration of vehicles in some states and manual maintenance of records. Many such things are visible in Okhla where too residents from time to time have lamented about their vehicles being stolen.
In its annual report released on Thursday, the Delhi Police said four vehicles were stolen from the national Capital every hour in 2017 with the total number of such thefts rising to over 39,000 from 36,702 in 2016. The Delhi Police cited motor vehicle thefts and online registration of such cases as one of the major contributors to the rising crime graph of Delhi.
The number of motor vehicle thefts reported till December 15, 2017, was 39080. In 2016, a total of 36,702 vehicles were lifted in the corresponding period, the report said.
Out of the 39,080 vehicles stolen last year, just over 10 per cent (4053) were recovered by the police, it said. “More than 61 per cent of the vehicles stolen last year were two-wheelers. The stolen vehicles included 29,804 two- wheelers, 7047 cars and 2229 other vehicles. 5649 vehicle lifters were arrested,” police said.
“It has been made more attractive by a paradigm change in vehicle models and costs,” it noted.