Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s iconic blue Maruti WagonR was stolen last week, and was found abandoned a few days later. The CM sent a letter to Lieutenant Governor (G) Anil Baijal, who is responsible for law and order in Delhi. The CM criticized the ‘rapidly deteriorating law and order situation’ in Delhi.
Here is what the Delhi CM wrote in the letter,
What can the common men expect in a state where the chief minister’s car goes missing? Police and law and order come directly under you. Please make the system robust. We are ready to cooperate.
The LG has now responded to this letter. He has noted that Mr. Kejriwal’s WagonR did not have any security device that could have helped prevent the theft. He has also said that the car was not parked in a designated parking area, another point that could have prevented the theft. Going forward, the LG has asked the Delhi CM to create more awareness among car owners about installing security devices in their cars, and also parking the car only in designated areas.
Here is a statement put out by the LG’s office,
Delhi Police is regularly motivating and encouraging residents to install various safety gear/equipment viz. car alarm, steering wheel lock, gear lock, GPS tracker etc. in their vehicles and they are also being made aware to park their vehicle in the authorized parking sites only… Lt. Governor has expressed his hope that Hon’ble CM would not only cooperate with Delhi Police in its efforts to motivate, encourage and generate awareness among the residents of Delhi to park their vehicles in authorized parking sites and install security appliances/equipment, but also boost the morale of its policemen by appreciating their commendable efforts that led to the recovery of his stolen car within two days.
Most modern cars are equipped with engine immobilizers, which act as theft deterrents. In the market, there are security devices like theft alarm systems, special locks and GPS car trackers. Having all these fitted to a car reduces the possibility of theft. However, none of the devices can make a car 100 % theft proof as clever thieves generally find their way around these devices.