Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)
Mangaluru, Sep 21: In the recent past, the city has been witnessing increased cases of motorbike thefts. Motorbikes and scooters parked in busy streets where there is enough movement of people are also being stolen.
A person identified as Pradeep Kumar had parked his scooter in the Manasa Tower parking area near PVS junction at 5 pm on August 30. When he returned at 7.30 pm, his scooter was stolen. A complaint regarding this theft was filed in Barke police station. In another incident, Moideen Irfan, working as a salesman of plastic covers, had parked his scooter near the flower market, car street on September 11. When he returned, the scooter was gone. In this case, a complaint was registered in Bunder station. In the third case, K Janardan Jaya Shettigar had parked his motorbike on the way to central railway station outside the compound where the Wenlock Hospital is parked, on September 14. He found on his return later that the bike was gone. He filed a complaint in Pandeshwar station.
It is apparent that after relaxation of the lockdown, chain snatching and motorbike thefts have increased. In the year 2018, a racket of two-wheeler thefts had become active. The then Bunder police inspector, Yogeesh, had busted the racket and arrested six persons from Kasargod and Kanhangad. During investigation, it was found that the stolen bikes were sold to a garage owner at Kanhangad for nominal prices. The garage owner used to change the shape of the bike including the number plate and sold them for a much higher price.
People before parking their two-wheelers, have to take the following precautions:
1. Never forget to take away keys of the vehicle after parking.
2. Apply handlock of the vehicles.
3. Park in public places and observe the safety aspects.
4. It is better to park where CCTV cameras are installed as the thieves keep an eye on the presence of cameras before stealing.
5. Never leave behind registration certificate, insurance, pollution certificate etc inside the vehicles.