They say one must go with the time, else you will be left behind and the carjackers have taken this phrase too seriously. Over the course of time, the car thieves have evolved themselves and have become hi-tech. Many incidents have been recorded that the carjackers are using diagnostic kits to break open the chip-controlled security of luxury cars. These kits are imported from the UK and mostly used by authorised service stations in analysing faults in the cars.
This kit costs around Rs 3.5 lakh. It reads the electronic control module of any car and provides the option of by passing the security key, which is used to protect the ignition and security systems integrated with the vehicle by the manufacturer. High-end cars like Audi, Fortuner, Skoda can be easily picked away by the thieves with this kit.
In a recent incident of car theft in Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi Police nabbed a gang of carjackers on March 16. DCP (south), Ishwar Singh said, “A special team, led by ACP Rajender Pathania and SHO Sanjay Sharma, laid a trap for the gang run by carjacker Manoj Bakkarwala.”
The gangsters’ route was blocked by a barricading when a Maruti 800 was coming from August Kranti Marg towards Shahpur Jat village. But as the raiding party moved in, the suspects tried to flee. Amid this, the gunshots were also exchanged between the thieves and policemen.
R P Upadhyay, the Joint Commissioner of Police said that “With increasing automatic security controlled systems, stealing high-end cars is becoming difficult. Professional car thieves, however, have found a sophisticated solution to all this.”
Three pistols and a kit were seized from thieves. An ex-policeman, Vinod Kumar, who had served in Punjab regiment for six years was also nabbed by the police.