Delhi cops: Though police vigilance during night hours has increased. However, it was noticed that incidents of motor vehicle thefts did not decrease. Moreover, no arrests were made. And then the cops came up with an idea to reduce the motor vehicle thefts during night hours.
The team that goes on patrol from 11 pm to 7 am has arrested over six men in the last month. All six men are members of an interstate Haryana based Mewati gang. To catch the auto lifters, the police personnel are now conducting the night patrolling in auto-rickshaws and not on motorbikes.
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Following the new plan, two teams of three policemen each pose as passengers to carry out patrolling. Atul Kumar Thakur is DCP of South. He said the new strategy to catch the auto lifters was devised after conducting crime malling of the area.
The officer said that around twenty incidents of motor vehicle thefts were reported before September in Ambedkar Nagar area. Later it was found that the criminals were alerted by police sirens during patrolling and hence were able to hide. On 25 September the night patrolling team found a suspicious movement of three men on a bike. Following which they alerted picket staff. Then they were stopped and checking was done. Thakur said that the picket staff recovered 1 mechanical knife and 2 master keys. Not only this, at their instance neatly 10 stolen vehicles were recovered.
As told by the DCP, the next breakthrough came on 13 October. Three men on a bike were suspected at 1.30 am. DCP revealed, “They were selling stolen vehicles in Mewat for Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000.”