islamabad - Police have introduced the latest solution based on QR technology for securing vehicles at public parking areas of the capital. The QR-based technology, Park Secure, has been launched in collaboration with a private bank.

Islamabad police would now be securing all public parking areas by the use of this technology. “Park Secure” issues a digitally-created QR coupon using a cell phone and would be tagged with the vehicle information upon entry of any vehicle in parking areas.

At the time of exit, citizens will be required to get the same QR code verified by the police officer who will scan the issued QR code using his cell phone and will allow the car to exit after matching the credentials.

This system has multiple advantages beyond being an important step towards reducing the car theft from parking areas, according to the Islamabad police. Police officials will be getting live statistics of cars entered, left and currently parked at any given area.

This will enable them sharing these statistics with the relevant authorities for better planning and management at their end as well. It is an extremely swift and efficient process as well which will add in to the convenience for public, the police believe.

The latest technology-based system was launched on Sunday at the Islamabad Sunday Bazaar at H-9 sector and will be replicated in other areas soon.

Speaking about the new initiative, IG Islamabad Sultan Azam Temuri said that safety of the people and their property was of utmost importance for the force and that they were trying day and night to ensure the same. In continuation of the effort, he said, Islamabad police have launched QR-based digital secure parking system in Islamabad.

This system has been designed and launched keeping public convenience in mind that will benefit general public at large. “We are committed to introduce digital policing in Islamabad and there are still many of these technology-based initiatives to be launched,” he assured.

Speaking about the initiative, Noman Azhar, country head of branchless banking and digital implementation at the mentioned private bank, said that they were extremely happy to support the vision of IG Islamabad regarding digitisation of the police.

He said that digitisation was the only answer to many problems faced in today’s world. “Digitisation makes the process simple and will help in effective policing. Park Secure is a revolutionary initiative taken by Islamabad police and will be of good for both public and the administration,” he said.

Organised car theft has become a big business in the country, especially the capital city as it hosts pricey vehicles and also borders with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, an ultimate abode of the auto thieves. The auto-thieves have been using innovative ways to take the stolen vehicles outside the capital.

A receiver buys the stolen car from the auto thieves or a carrier, changes its engine and chassis numbers and sells it in the market. In 2017 only, the Anti-Car Lifting Cell (ACLC) of Islamabad police arrested 52 persons, after busting 22 criminal gangs and recovered 114 stolen vehicles as well as 23 motorbikes from them worth Rs77.3 million.

The figures themselves tell the story about the degree of the auto-theft business which is increasing day by day. Car and bike-lifting incidents were at peak in year 2014 as 766 vehicles and 442 motorbikes were lifted in that year.

In 2011, Islamabad police introduced a service at Rescue 15 through which one could know about status of his or her vehicle whether it was genuine or stolen by simply sending an SMS to 8521.

The Islamabad police had signed an agreement with a company by virtue of which an integrated service with a short code of 8521 was developed at Rescue 15. Any person from Pakistan can write down simply an engine number or chassis number of the vehicle and send it to 8521. Within less than 20 seconds, all out details about subject vehicle will be displayed on his or her mobile.

The service was hoped to curb car-theft incidents but the police met a little success in this regard and the auto-thieves are still unstoppable. The latest initiative by the local police is being seen as deterrence to the auto-theft incidents.