ISLAMABAD: At least 40 lucky people got their stolen cars back on Wednesday. Eight bikers also got their stolen rides back.
Islamabad police had recovered 114 cars during the year, of which 40 were handed over to the rightful owners after a media briefing.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Sajid Kiani said that efforts were being made to trace the remaining owners of vehicles and bikes as this process would be completed at the earliest.
The SSP (Operations) handed over keys of 40 stolen vehicles and eight bikes to their actual owners. Senior officials of Islamabad police, notable citizen, owners of vehicles and media representatives were also present on the occasion.
He said that most of the recovered vehicles included Corolla, Honda, Suzuki Khyber, Mehran, pickups, Cuore and double cabins SUVs.
The SSP reminded that some ACLC men had lost their lives and others were injured in encounters with the criminals to get these stolen vehicles back. Their services will be remembered, Kiani said.
He said that vehicle thefts were at peak in 2014 when 766 cars and 442 motorbikes were stolen or snatched at gunpoint.
The SSP (Operations) said that ACLC is working efficiently under supervision of SP (Investigation) Zeeshan Haider and recovery rate of vehicles by Islamabad police is higher than any other district.
He said that Islamabad IG Sultan Azam Temuri would be recommended for special prizes and commendation certificates to ACLC officials who showed good performance.
He reminded that ACLC during 2017 arrested 52 people after busting 22 gangs to recover 114 stolen vehicles as well as 23 motorbikes worth Rs77.3 million.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 28th, 2017.
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