CHANDIGARH: More than two vehicles are stolen daily in the city, with the southern part and Manimajra being the favourite hunting ground of thieves.

Out of the 522 vehicles lifted from areas under 16 police stations from January 1 to August 23 (234 days), as many as 279 (53.5%) were stolen from localities under sectors 17, 19, 34, 36, 39 and Manimajra police stations, according to police data. If that is not bad enough, chances of cops finding your stolen cars or motorcycles is also dismal.

Police have been able to recover only 26% (135) of the stolen vehicles, while arresting 82 accused.

Pawan Kumar, DSP (crime), said the main reason is that the accused sell the vehicles after dismantling their parts. “The accused do not sell these stolen vehicles in the city, but take them to states like (UP), Punjab and ,” he said.

When it comes to thefts, Manimajra fares the worst, recording the highest number of 58 cases. Only 13 vehicles have been recovered and nine accused arrested. Sectors 39 and 34 police stations come next. Both registered 54 cases each. Sector 39 police recovered 23 vehicles and arrested 19 accused, while Sector 34 police found 12 vehicles and arrested seven accused.

Sector 36 police registered 39 cases, while sectors 17 and 19 police 37 cases each. However, Sector 36 cops recovered 11 stolen vehicles, Sector 19 nine and sector 17 seven.

On other hand, minimum cases of vehicle thefts were reported from Maloya police station. Only 14 vehicles were lifted from areas under it with seven cases being solved. Mauli Jagran and Sarangpur police station registered 15 and 16 cases, respectively. Both police stations solved five cases.

To stop auto thefts, police said they have increased patrolling of PCR and Cheetah squad in areas from where maximum number of thefts had been reported during .
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