Kejriwal blue Wagon R theft: As political battle wages, here are tips to keep your car from meeting same fate

The stealing of the CM's blue Wagon R brought focus on the situation with auto thefts in Delhi, and data suggests that an average of 312 vehicles are stolen every day.

By: | Updated: October 18, 2017 1:32 PM

The blue Wagon R was stolen and then found and hence the owner, only the chief minister of the national capital, Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to the Delhi’s lieutenant governor criticising the “rapidly deteriorating law and order situation”. Turns out lieutenant governor Anil Baijal had a clear reply to this, so he reminded Kejriwal that his car was not parked at an authorised car park and also, it did not have any security devices. Aam Aadmi Party leader's blue Maruti Suzuki Wagon R was reported stolen last week from outside the Delhi secretariat but was found abandoned two days later in Ghaziabad. The incident brought focus on the situation with auto thefts in Delhi, and data suggests that an average of 312 vehicles are stolen every day.

Baijal said in his response that the Delhi Police found the CM's car parked some 100 metres from the authorised parking area and that there were no security alarm or devices installed on it. He went on to say that Kejriwal must assist Delhi Police in spreading awareness in the public about parking at authorised areas and installing security devices on their cars, if not available as a company fitment.

According to a statement released by Baijal's office, he said that Kejriwal must “also boost the morale of its policemen by appreciating their commendable efforts that led to the recovery of his stolen car within two days”. However, it must be noted that the Wagon R was recovered from Ghaziabad and was spotted by the local police, under the Uttar Pradesh administration.

In his letter to the lieutenant governor, Kejriwal had said: “What can the common men expect in a state where the chief minister’s car goes missing? Police and law and order come directly under you. Please make the system robust. We are ready to cooperate.”

This exchange of letters between two authorities that have had a bitter relationship gives rise to another question – how relevant and emergent has it become car owners to install aftermarket security measures. Cars like the Wagon R are meant to come under a budget. If the car manufacturer adds sophisticated security devices to it, it will increase prices.

While the political battle on the matter continues, there are some simple and inexpensive measures you can take to secure your car. Most cars these days come with central-locking, however, as the car thieves also get cleverer, you may like to add better security. Here are some devices you can consider to install in your car:

An aftermarket car alarm system is easily available online at prices under Rs 1000. Security systems that sound the alarm are also available in different types – there are those that start wailing even if a firecracker is set off near the car and those that only make a noise when someone fiddle with the car. If you happen to walk outside your house and the car is missing, a GPS tracker will help the situation and can be purchased online at about Rs 2000.

Coming to the lieutenant governor's request to the public to only park there cars at designated car parks – a relevant observation. However, we can not rule out the fact that there just aren't enough authorised parkings to accommodate the swelling number of cars in Delhi. At regions such as Malviya Nagar, people are forced to leave their cars on roadsides. But then parking your car outside the Delhi Secretariat, when the authorised parking is only 100 metres away does sound a bit ignorant.

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