While Delhi Police have launched a slew of mobile apps for reporting crime, its South District division has set up a new app to track stolen vehicles parked on streets.
A special camera is installed on PCR vans which will register the number plates of vehicles parked on the streets. The camera is equipped with special software which will further match the data captured with the data of stolen vehicles. According to South District police officials, this technology will improve their efficiency in tracing stolen vehicles.
Prem Nath, Deputy Commissioner of Police, South District, said that ‘Vehiscan’ is on trial run and things will be finalised after some time. “We have used this technology in various areas of Saket and Mehrauli where it performed effectively. Currently we are using it for stolen vehicles but soon it will be used to trace vehicles involved in other crimes as well,” he added. “Recently, we have started using this technology and successfully found five expensive cars stolen from various parts of Delhi,” a senior police official said.
Explaining the technology, Prem Nath said that cameras are installed on the left side doors of police vehicles. They will patrol different areas so that maximum vehicles’ registration numbers are captured. Delhi Police is expected to introduce this technology for other street crimes as well. “Camera can be installed on pillars or any location permanently so that it can scan vehicles moving on that particular road,” a senior police official said. According to the police, this technology will be very fruitful as cops just have to patrol the area and rest of the job will be done by the technology.