Car theft in­ci­dents on rise in fed­eral cap­i­tal

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

IS­LAM­ABAD—A car was stolen late Wed­nes­day night from I-8/1 Sec­tor, which is a stone’s throw of I-9 Po­lice Sta­tion, rais­ing some se­ri­ous ques­tions over the per­for­mance of po­lice as well as se­cu­rity cam­eras put in place re­cently all over the city.

Muham­mad Aftab told po­lice he parked his black Toy­ota Corolla 1994 (LED-13-3269) shortly af­ter mid­night, but he found it miss­ing when he woke up for prayer at 4:00 am. He called RES­CUE-15 that quickly sent its near­est pa­trol. In the mean­time a po­lice mo­bile from I9 Po­lice also reached the scene.

Po­lice dis­trib­uted the in­for­ma­tion to all its dif­fer­ent de­part­ments in­clud­ing the one that man­ages se­cu­rity cam­eras, which called the vic­tim and told his car had been spot­ted in the city before be­ing stolen. But, the de­part­ment went tight-lipped when asked if the se­cu­rity cam­eras had seen the ve­hi­cle af­ter be­ing stolen.

Af­ter in­stal­la­tion of se­cu­rity cam­eras in the city it is next to im­pos­si­ble for any ve­hi­cle to roam around ‘un­cap­tured.’ With se­cu­rity check­points all over the city it is equally im­pos­si­ble for any ve­hi­cle to go through them un­no­ticed.

One won­ders if there is any lapse in se­cu­rity or the car- lifters have grown so so­phis­ti­cated that they can still strike any­where they want.

“I was re­ally im­pressed by the way po­lice re­acted. I got so many calls from po­lice of­fi­cials, as­sur­ing me they are purs­ing my case, be­sides ex­tend­ing sym­pa­thies. I hope to have my car back,” Aftab said.

This is not the first time a car has been stolen from I-8. Res­i­dents told this scribe there have been many such in­ci­dents in the past. It still re­mains a mys­tery why and how do the thieves man­age to sneak out of the city’s for­ti­fied neigh­bour­hoods, which are en­veloped in se­cu­rity cover all around.

An FIR has been reg­is­tered with I-9 Po­lice Sta­tion, and in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der­way.—APP

Mem­bers of Pak­istan Na­tional Heart As­so­ci­a­tion tak­ing out a walk to mark World No Tobacco Day.—DNA

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