Chandigarh Police have arrested two people and have seized 18 vehicles worth Rs 3 crore from them. The duo was working from Chandigarh to sell stolen vehicles from all over India. The cops have claimed that all the vehicles are worth Rs 3 crore in total.
The cops identified a 39-year old thief known as Ramesh a few days back with a stolen Hyundai Creta. After the police officers checked the details like chassis number of the car, they found out that the vehicle has fake chassis number and even the engine number was altered. This led the cops to a second suspect who the cops identified as 37-year old Amit Kumar.
Both of them worked together to buy SUVs from the thieves in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. These two then used to alter the chassis number and the engine number to make new Registration Certificates from authorities in Haryana. Post that, these two used to resell the vehicles in the used car market for a high profit.
The cops have recovered as many as 18 SUVs from them. There were eight Toyota Fortuner SUVs, three Toyota Innova Crysta MPVs, five Hyundai Creta and two Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The cops raided the owners who bought cars from these two and currently have all these cars in their custody.
Carjacking is quite common in India and most of the times, thieves use a similar technique that ensures that the cars cannot be traced back to the original owners ever. The thieves also dismantle the vehicles and sell the parts separately, which again ensures that the cars cannot be traced back ever. Even with modern anti-theft devices like engine immobilizer, carjackers can easily get into the vehicles with the help of modern-age devices or help from the service centre to get duplicate keys. It just means that ensuring that a car never gets lost needs additional security system.
While the thieves work around the car’s security device, the owners should install a GPS-based tracking device in their vehicles. Most of these devices remain hidden and they are very useful during a car theft. Such devices send updates to the owner whenever the car starts and the owner can even live track the vehicles. Also, the owner has the power to disable the vehicle remotely, which will trap the thieves. In another way, such devices can be set to turn off the engine of the car when it leaves a certain region, which automatically shuts off the engine. These devices are not very expensive but are extremely helpful during the car thefts.