According to the ACKO Vehicle Theft Report, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Kolkata are the cities in the country with the least number of vehicle thefts. According to the Delhi Police data reported in the report, over 3 lakh vehicles were stolen in the national capital between 2011 and 2020.
Reasons for most vehicle thefts in Delhi
- Parking of vehicles on roads with no parking space in buildings and colonies.
- The city has a thriving market for used cars in the surrounding states and across the country.
- The passing of the borders of other states to the borders of Delhi enables criminals to go out.
Areas most prone to theft in Delhi
Between 2012 and 2021, vehicle thefts in New Delhi increased to 103% against 56% of the vehicle purchased. Rohini, Bhajanpura, Uttam Nagar, Sector 12 Noida, South City I, Gurugram, Dayalpur and Sultanpuri are the places where most thefts happen in Delhi-NCR.
What happens when a vehicle is stolen
If a vehicle is not traced after 21 days from the date of loss or theft, an untrace report is automatically sent to the insurance company for the claim.
What to do when your vehicle is stolen?
If your car or two wheeler is stolen then immediately inform the police and the insurance company. Along with the FIR, you have to provide a copy of your vehicle documents like registration certificate, driving license etc. to your insurer. You may also need to submit the original vehicle keys.
Police issues a non-traceable certificate if they cannot trace the vehicle within a reasonable time frame. Thereafter the insurance company settles your claim as per the terms and conditions of the insurance policy.
Most stolen cars and bikes in Delhi-NCR
The most sought after cars are popular among thieves. The most popular hatchbacks are the Maruti Swift at number one and the Maruti Wagon R at number two, followed by cars like the ever-popular Hyundai Creta. Apart from this, Hyundai Santro, Honda City and Hyundai i10 finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Among bikes, Hero Splendor secured the first position for most stolen bikes in Delhi, followed by Honda Activa. TVS Pulsar, Royal Enfield Classic 350 and TVS Apache secured the third, fourth and fifth positions respectively.