Delhi Police on 16 September 2014 decided to launch its first e-police station to deal exclusively with vehicle thefts.
The move comes as a part of its plan to record vehicle thefts online.
The Crime Branch will be the nodal unit for completing all the backhand tasks related to the virtual police station.
Digitally signed FIRs
The digitally signed FIRs will be generated as soon as a victim fills in his details and writes his complaint at the virtual or e-police station. The app will use the one-time password system for verifying the complainant's identity. Once the FIR is generated, a copy will be sent to the victim's email-address.
The FIR will also be automatically sent to the PCR and area Station House Officer (SHO) concerned. Moreover, it will be subsequently sent to all SHOs of Delhi and all district superintendents of police in the country for investigation purposes.
The initiative is seen a big relief to people most of whom never get the cars back after these are stolen. However, they still have to run from pillar to post to get an untraced report to claim insurance.
With this initiative in place, the victim will be able to report the loss of his vehicle from home, get an updated status and even be informed automatically as soon as the car is traced. If not, they will automatically get an untraced report within a stipulated time period, sources said.
With around 71500 cases registered overall in the same time period, data indicates that every seventh case is that of a vehicle theft.
Who: Delhi Police
When: 16 September 2014