Their craze for high-end luxury cars landed hi-tech vehicle thieves like Devender Singh aka Bunty Chor in Kochi. But for their local counterparts out here two-wheelers seem to be the most sought-after items.
As per the records of the police, in 2012 two-wheeler thefts topped the chart of vehicle theft cases reported in the district. Of the 53 vehicle theft cases reported, 41 bikes topped the chart. One mini lorry, one mini bus, one autorickshaw and nine cars also reportedly went missing from the district.
However, Kochi city had less number of vehicle thefts with 26 compared to Ernakulam rural area, 27.
In Thiruvananthapuram about 27 vehicle theft cases were reported and 19 in Kozhikode city. Two-wheelers are easy to be stolen compared to cars which come out with high-tech security systems these days, police said.
Statistics also show that the state is getting better over the years with the decrease in the number of vehicle thefts. In 2012, there were 1,262 cases in the state. The same was 1,454 in 2011 and 1,486 in 2010.
Police said that there has been a drastic fall in the number of vehicle theft cases in Kochi. “About five years ago, Kochi city recorded the highest number of vehicle thefts in the state. Several gangs specialised in vehicle thefts were operating in the city. But nowadays, they have shifted operations to rural areas. Hence few cases are reported in urban areas,” police said. In rural areas, it is easy to run away with vehicles compared to urban areas like Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. The highest number of vehicle thefts are reported in the border areas of Thiruvananthapuram district where the gangs from Tamil Nadu steal the vehicle and sell it in Tamil Nadu,” police said.
There is also a steep fall in the number of thefts in the state. In 2012, 4,078 theft cases were registered in the state. The number was 4,704 in 2011 and 4,380 in 2010.