Water motors, power meters among most stolen items in house thefts in Delhi

An analysis of e-FIRs filed in connection with burglaries and house thefts undertaken by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police found that around 80% of the cases involve the theft of mobile phones, water meters and electricity, motors and manhole covers. Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana has instructed the 15 DCPs to come up with an action plan now and keep an eye out for local scrap dealers to prevent such petty thefts.

This was discussed at a recent Crime Review Meeting at Delhi Police Headquarters which included the Commissioner of Police as well as Special CPs, Joint CPs and DCPs.

On January 26, Asthana had launched an e-FIR system for online registration of home theft and burglary cases to save people time. Prior to this, there was a similar system of hosting e-FIRs for vehicle thefts and larceny, launched by former police chief BS Bassi in 2015.

Data provided by Delhi Police till April 20 this year shows that 4,479 cases have been reported compared to 1,578 cases last year during the same period. “Maximum number of cases were reported in Dwarka (749) followed by 471 in North West Delhi, 457 in South East Delhi, 421 in Outer Delhi and 363 in South Delhi,” said an officer.

The analysis also shows that of the 4,479 cases, the police solved 1,379 cases, but the recovery of stolen material was only carried out in 702 cases. “The Crime Branch has found that these thefts are often committed by drug addicts and informal scrap metal collectors. Asthana has instructed DCPs to come up with an action plan and keep an eye out for receivers of stolen property,” a senior police officer said.

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When launching the e-FIR enforcement system, Asthana had also explained the duties of investigators and instructed them to contact each complainant within 24 hours, conduct a proper investigation, notify senior officers and hold the complainant abreast of business developments from time to time. at the time. “He also directed DCPs to have their Division and Battalion officers meet with complainants who file e-FIRs within 24 hours of registration. This will increase the level of satisfaction among the general public,” an officer said.

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