GUWAHATI, April 25: Vehicle lifters continue to get the better of police in Guwahati – the increasing vehicle lifting cases and poor recovery rate in the city corroborate this. Information available with The Sentinel drops a hint that two-wheelers are lifters’ choice.
In 2017 as many as 1,363 vehicles were lifted from Guwahati, but only 128 of them could be recovered. Thus the recovery rate of stolen vehicles in the city stood at merely 9.3 per cent. In 2016, the number of vehicles stolen from Guwahati was 1,155 and only 108 of them could be recovered. In that year too, the recovery rate of stolen vehicles was 9.3 per cent. The information on vehicle theft and recovery rates of the two preceding years makes it crystal clear that vehicle lifters continue to get the better of police personnel.
The information has further reveals that two-wheelers seem to be lifters’ choice. In the two preceding years, 2017 and 2016, the highest numbers of vehicles lifted were two-wheelers. While in 2016 as many as 912 two-wheelers were lifted, but only 63 of them could be recovered. Thus the recovery rate of two-wheelers in 2016 was 6.9 per cent. In 2017 the total number of two-wheelers stolen was 1,140 and only 71 of them were recovered – the recovery rate being 6.2 per cent.
Besides two-wheelers, while 45 HMVs and 198 LMVs were stolen in 2016; 32 HMVs and 191 LMVs were stolen in 2017. While 21 HMVs and 24 LMVs were recovered in 2016, 18 HMVs and 39 LMVs were recovered in 2017.
The highest numbers of vehicles were stolen from Dispur police station areas in 2016 and 2017. While 219 vehicles were stolen from Dispur police station area in 2016, in 2017 as many as 254 vehicles were stolen from the police station area. The police station could recover only seven of the stolen vehicles in 2016 and 20 in 2017.
Dispur police station area is followed by that of Bashistha police station. As many as 151 vehicles were stolen from the police station area in 2017 against 159 vehicles in 2016. In 2017 the police station could recover 28 of the stolen vehicles against 37 in 2016.
Jalukbari police station area is not lagging far behind in the number of stolen car and poor recovery rate. In 2017, 126 vehicles were stolen from the police station area against 107 in 2016. Surprisingly, only four stolen vehicles could be recovered in each of 2017 and 2016 by the police station.