Mumbai: The Maharashtra police have launched a website that allows a quick registration of theft of motor vehicles to help solve the case in a record 21 days.

The website has been designed on the lines of the applications and websites that are being used by police in Delhi and Bangalore. It aims to keep a tab on the rising cases of vehicles being stolen and provide a hassle free process for registering complaints.

“The website facilitates the process of lodging complaint of vehicle theft from anywhere and anytime without the hassles of visiting the police station. The respective police station would get a printout of the complaint, register a First Information Report (FIR) and the investigation officer would reach to the complainant’s house to get his signature on the complaint. Once the registered user opens the form over the application, he has to provide the basic information which includes his name, place of residence as well as email address and phone number, following which he will receive a Onetime password (OTP) to register his complaint,” said a police officer of cyber cell police station.

The stolen vehicle is a common phenomenon in the city like Mumbai, Thane, Pune and other metro cities in India. The vehicles stolen are generally used for illegal purposes. So this website will help curb illegal activities.

If the theft remains undetected for 21 days, the investigating officer will send a report to the court, following which the complainant will receive a message informing him about the court’s date for hearing the case.

“A mobile application on similar lines is in process and it will be soon available on Google Playstore . The complainant will have to mention the exact spot from where the vehicle was stolen and the investigation officer will do a spot panchnama using maps available online,” added the officer.

The website is being linked with the National Crime Records Bureau, State Crime Records Bureau and the Regional Transport authority. This linking would help the police in tracking down the vehicles.

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