Pune: Innova car thieves continue to strike in Pimpri Chinchwad area and it is bothering the local residents. Around 50 cases of Innova theft were reported last year in Pimpri Chinchwad. The trend seems to be persistent this year too. Total four persons whose Innova cars were stolen this year narrated their ordeal to Sakal Times. Madhukar Gunjkar found his Innova missing in wee hours of January 3 in Indrayani Nagar area of Bhosari. A case of theft was lodged regarding the same at Bhosari police station.
Another incident was reported on January 13 when Ketan Havele lost his Innova car from Pimpri Chinchwad.
In another incident, Gurupalsingh Ratra, who runs a bicycle shop in Pimpri, lost his Innova car to thieves on the night of July 28.
Gurupalsingh told Sakal Times that his car was parked outside his home when it was stolen by unidentified thieves from Sector 25 in Nigdi Pradhikaran area.
"Along with the car, they took a new bicycle which was there inside the car. I had kept the bicycle as I had to deliver it the next day to a customer," added Gurupalsingh. He lodged a case of theft at Nigdi police station.
Gurupalsingh, who expressed concern over the continuing trend of Innova car thefts, said, "The thieves are now active on the streets and tomorrow they will enter our homes."
Another victim of Innova car theft Umesh Salgiya found his Innova car missing from his parking in Sector 24 of Nigdi Pradhikaran area on the night of July 25.
Umesh also approached Nigdi police station and lodged a case of theft.
Speaking about the case, Senior Police Inspector Vijaykumar Palsule of Nigdi police station said that the cases are under investigation. "We are in search of the gang involved in these thefts. The thieves are not from Pune," added Palsule.
Police officials said that Innova is in demand and has a good resale value which boosts the thefts. Raj Singh, a friend of Gurupalsingh, has decided to approach senior police officials as the issue has raised safety concerns for citizens.
A worrying trend
- Innova cars thieves strike in wee hours
- Operate in groups
Cars are stolen within five minutes
- Never leave the vehicle door unlocked nor the windows partially open
- Do not leave valuables inside the car
Do not overdo extra fittings, as these tempt prospective thieves
- Use securing devices like steering lock, clutch lock and brake lock
- Double check all doors, including the boot
- If possible, install loud alarm systems in your car
- Report the theft to the nearest police station and also on
- Inform your insurance company and always check that your insurance has not lapsed