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Police launch drive against two wheeler thefts

The drive has been launched by Devaraja Division on the D Devaraj Urs Road, Sayyaji Rao Road and surrounding areas.

D Devaraj Urs Road: The Devaraja Division police have launched a unique drive to nab two-wheeler thieves who have become a headache to the department. The drive which began on Wednesday morning on the D Devaraj Urs Road and Sayyaji Rao Road is expected to prevent parked two wheelers from being stolen.

According to police sources, thieves targeted two wheelers on the crowded Devaraj Urs Road, Sayyaji Rao Road, the road that leads to Shivarampet and Devaraja Market. On an average, thieves used to lift two to three vehicles per day and their targets were shoppers who do not lock the handles of their vehicles.

The initiative has been launched by Devaraja Inspector Nagesh and from Wednesday, four police constables and four home guards will monitor the two roads and surrounding areas. They will be in mufti and will keep an eye on people parking their vehicles and those who take them out from the parking lot.

Policemen tie the vehicles with iron chains to prevent two wheeler thefts on the busy Sayyaji Rao Road on Wednesday
Policemen tie the vehicles with iron chains to prevent two wheeler thefts on the busy Sayyaji Rao Road on Wednesday

As part of the drive iron chains are being tied to available poles and barricades to prevent thieves from moving the vehicles.
Generally vehicle lifters use duplicate keys to open the locks. “The police constables and home guards posted on these roads will keep a close watch on the parking lots to identify any suspicious movements. These men will note down the vehicle numbers and have been given the rights to question anybody who parks or removes the vehicles,” police said.

“Shoppers, once they park their vehicles and enter the market area to purchase goods. They will not return soon providing vehicle lifters enough time to use duplicate keys to unlock the handles or to identify unlocked vehicles and remove them from the parking lot,” police said.

Some vehicles, especially scooters, become easy targets for thieves as the owners forget to remove the keys after keeping the helmets under the seats. “In addition, the constables will personally check unlocked vehicles and put temporary locks with chains to the wheels. Once locked, the constable will wait near the vehicle and hand it over to the legitimate owners,” the police added.

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