19,548 vehicle thefts were recorded before July 15 relative to 18,814 last year . Vehicle thefts in Delhi have increased by 163 percent in the last decade .
NEW DELHI (New Delhi): Car thieves have shifted to high gear, and Sanjay Arora, the current police commissioner, will face a challenge.According to the most recent police reports, 19,548 vehicle thefts were recorded before July 15 relative to 18,814 last year.In the first half of this year, at least 100 vehicles are stolen in the capital.The number of vehicle thefts in metropolitan areas has risen in cities around the globe this year.32,294 vehicles were stolen in the current year, compared to 27,859 the year before.In the first half of this year, New York City reported a 61 percent increase, though the total number of cars stolen was just 4,467 versus 2,769 in the same period last year.According to the latest estimates, vehicle thefts increased by 163 percent in Delhi in the last decade, while the overall population increased by around 56%.14391 theft incidents were reported in 2012, when Delhi's population was about 78 lakh. The rise of the crime is attributed to roadside parking outside colonies and Delhi's proximity to other state boundaries, according to the cops.Nowadays, an investigation into missing vehicles is barely possible because the e-FIRs are carried out at the Crime Branch police station on an online form.This puts the pressure on the local police departments, as the SHOs and subordinate staff are rarely held accountable for increasing thefts on their watch.The online FIRs for car thefts help provide an untraced report in less than a month and permit insurance claims for the perpetrators. However, police claim to have taken immediate action against vehicle robbers and made regular arrests.The crime was upped dramatically after an analysis of theft data.In 2013, 14,916 cases were reported against 14,391 in 2012.The theft rate increased to 23,384 in 2014, before dropping dramatically in 2015, with 32,729 cases being recorded, up 127 percent from 2012. The figures fell out of control over the next two years, with 46,433 and 46,215 reported in 2018 and 2019, respectively, an increase of 221% over 2012.The figures were dropped to 35,019 in 2020, before doubling to 37,910 in 2021, according to Covid.