Everyone is concerned with his own work and attending to his own worries. He may see a mechanic at work but without realizing that ho is a thief who may soon start the car on the pretext of testing it and then flee into oblivion. When the present DGP, Mr. A.C.Sharma some 10 years ago during a discussion on crime in Allahabad on Doordarshan - in which I was a participant too - stated quite emphatically that car lifting had become the first choice of clever criminals, it had come as news indeed. But today he is being proved correct. Car lifting is on the rise in all cities. A survey in Varanasi showed that maximum vehicles had been lifted from the areas near Kutchery, banks, post offices, commercial complexes and even from outside the houses of the car owners. This is more or less true in the case of all districts.
As regards theft of cars from residential areas, this is usually done at night though at other places it is during office or working hours in the day that such thefts take place. Interestingly enough, 70 per cent of vehicles are lifted in daytime and 75 per cent of them in Varanasi were found to be two wheelers.
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