100 vehicles stolen daily in the capital, roadside parking Main reason | Delhi News

New Delhi: Car thieves have kicked into high gear and it will be a challenge for the new police commissioner, Sanjay Arora. The latest police data shows 19,548 vehicle thefts were reported up to July 15, compared to 18,814 the same time last year. This translates to at least 100 stolen vehicles every day in the capital during the first half of this year.
In metropolises around the world, cases of vehicle theft have skyrocketed this year. In London, this crime would be at its highest for three years with a 16% increase in car thefts. In the past year, 32,294 cars were reported stolen compared to 27,859 the previous year. New York City reported a 61% increase in the first half of this year, although the number of stolen vehicles was only 4,467 compared to 2,769 in the same period last year.
In Delhi, analysis of available data showed that vehicle theft has increased by 163% over the past decade, while the vehicle population has increased by around 56%. In 2012, when the automobile population of Delhi was around 78 lakh, 14,391 cases of theft were reported. In 2021, when the number of vehicles had increased to around 122 lakh, thefts numbered 37,910.
Cops blame roadside parking outside settlements and Delhi’s proximity to other states’ borders for the rise in crime. A stolen vehicle investigation rarely takes place these days, as e-FIRs are registered through an online application at the Crime Branch police station. This relieves local police stations, as SHOs and junior staff are rarely held accountable for the increase in thefts under their watch.
Online FIRs for motor thefts facilitate an untraceable report in less than a month and enable insurance claims for victims. The recovery rate for stolen vehicles in the city is around 10%.
Police, however, say they took swift action against vehicle thieves and made regular arrests.
Analysis of theft data showed an upward trend in crime.
In 2013, 14,916 cases were reported compared to 14,391 in 2012. The number of thefts rose to 23,384 in 2014, then saw a sharp increase in 2015 when 32,729 cases were reported, an increase of 127% compared to compared to 2012.
In 2016, the number went further north to 38,644 and then to 40,972 in 2017. Over the next two years, cases spiraled out of control, climbing to 46,433 and 46,215 in 2018 and 2019, respectively, an increase by 221% compared to 2012. Covid reduced the figures in 2020 to 35,019 before rising to 37,910 in 2021.

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