Theft, not OK, please: 1,154 vehicles stolen in 5 months in Mumbai

The city recorded 1,154 vehicle thefts from January 1 to May 25, higher than 1,093 recorded during the corresponding period last year, according to the Mumbai police data.

A senior IPS officer said the western suburbs are the worst hit. “Vehicle thefts are on the rise in the western suburbs, with at least three vehicles being stolen daily,” he said.

Officers attribute it to a lot of reasons. “With no parking space, residents are forced to park cars on roads, making them easy targets,” said a crime detection officer with a suburban police station. “Also, it is easier to flee with the stolen vehicle after crossing the Dahisar check naka, as it gives the thieves direct access to National Highway No. 8.”