Police come up with new method to stop car theft
* 39 cars returned to their owners
LAHORE: Lahore City Police will use radio frequency (RFID System) to prevent car theft in the provincial metropolis, said Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Aftab Ahmad Cheema on Monday.
Talking to Daily Times on Monday, he said criminals use various tactics to steal vehicles. “Sometime they steal low price cars and sometime expensive ones, depending on the requirement of their criminal activities,” he said. Controlling car thefts would lower the crime rate in the city, he said. He said check posts at all exit and entry points in the city would be computerised in a couple of months and police were compiling the record of criminals to maintain law and order.
The SSP said that the city police had launched an awareness campaign in the posh areas to help people protect their vehicles. He said a number of banners and hoardings were set up in Defence, Gulberg, Liberty Market, Main Boulevard and other parts of the city. Police officials also went door to door to teach the people simple security measures. Earlier, Mr Cheema and Chaudhry Shafqat Ahmed, the SSP of the Investigation wing, returned 39 vehicles, which were seized, from 19 criminals in August.
They said the accused had confessed 70 thefts in various parts in the city. The arrested criminals have been identified as Karamat Ali Doggar, a police official, Shahzadul Hassan, Muhammad Asif, Muhammad Ramzan alias Janni, Muhammad Ijaz, Zeshan, Muhammad Naeem, Asghar Ali, Imran Abdul Majeed, Shakeel Rasool, Malik, Muhammad Asim, Mirza Ahsan Mehmood, Muhammad Javed alias Bhangi, Sharafat Ali, Liaqat Ali, Muhammad Arshad alias Commando, Muhammad Ahsan, Zahoor Karim and Muhammad Hassan. Police also seized weapons and equipment used for tampering the chassis and engine numbers of the stolen vehicles. shahnawaz khan