LAHORE  - Police are clueless on a stolen vehicle even after a month has passed since an FIR was registered with Mustafabad police station, said Mustansir Akram, a resident of Khyaban-e-Quaid Lahore.

Akram told The Nation that he had parked his car (LEA-06-4954) in front of Subhan Marriage Hall in Mustafa Town to attend a wedding on April 06. When he returned after a while, he failed to find his car. The Mustafa Town police registered the case (FIR No 10362) against unidentified criminals and were investigating with no arrest made so far. The case has been forwarded to the AVLS for further investigation.

The provincial police reported more than 27,000 cases of vehicle-theft in 2013. The police declared 12,000 cases as untraceable. Fifteen vehicles and 42 motorcycles are being lifted everyday from across Punjab.

Sudden surged in auto-lifting incidents has shocked locals as the Anti-Vehicle Lifting Staff (AVLS) of the Lahore police has failed to track down gangs involved in such crimes in the provincial capital.

Auto-lifters are striking with impunity as the police have witnessed a steep surge in the incidents of car-theft. Frequently, vehicles are being stolen from outside wedding halls, restaurants, shopping malls, and even on the hospital premises.