Former cricketer and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir’s father’s SUV was stolen from their home yesterday. The incident happened during the early hours and it got recorded in CCTV. The car was stolen from Central Delhi’s Rajender Nagar area.
#JUSTIN: Former India cricketer and East Delhi BJP MP @GautamGambhir‘s father became a victim of theft in Central Delhi’s Rajendra Nagar when their SUV was stolen from outside their house. Police have found a CCTV footage, but they are yet to identify the accused.@IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/xxhgITAyXi
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Delhi Police said that they are investigating the matter and are currently going through the CCTV footage. The car was owned by Deepak Gambhir and was parked in the front of their residence at 3:30 PM. The family found the vehicle missing on Thursday morning. Following the complaint of the owner, Delhi Police have formed several teams of Central district special staff and the Crime Branch to look for the thieves. The cops are also using a forensic team to take footprints and fingerprints from the spot.
DCP (Central) Sanjay Bhatia said,
“We received information that a Fortuner car was stolen from MP Gautam Gambhir’s house. We reached his house and met his father Deepak Gambhir. He informed us that he owned a Toyota Fortuner which was white in colour. On Wednesday, at around 3.30 pm, he said the car was parked in front of the house but on Thursday morning, they found it stolen,”
The CCTV footage shows that the thieves enter the Fortuner after start the SUV without spending much time with it. The hazard lamps do come on for some time indicating that an alarm was raised but the thieves were successful to shut it down. The thieves arrived in another car and knew the target vehicle. It did not take much time. The cops can be heard saying that the overall job took only 4-5 minutes according to the CCTV footage.
This the latest-generation Toyota Fortuner that offers a range of active and passive security features. The Toyota Fortuner offers engine immobiliser, which ensures that the car does start without the original keys. However, there are thieves who use high tech devices to match the codes and start such vehicles. Such equipment is very expensive and is used by the key makers in developed countries. Another way is to copy the key when the car goes to the service station or any other such place where the owner is required to hand over the keys. Keys can be copied using sophisticated systems and then used to start the car without raising an alarm. Thieves with sources in dealerships and service centres have also ordered duplicate keys of the vehicles after giving fraud documents. The duplicate keys are coded by the companies and can be used to start the car.
The best way to save a car during these times is to use a GPS tracker. They do not cost much and allow the owner to live track the vehicle. Also, these trackers can be used to switch off the vehicles and can alarm the owners of such forced entry to the car.