Check if the second-hand car is a stolen one

Delhi Police has started an SMS application wherein people can send the registration number of vehicle to the force for confirming the engine and chasis numbers.

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 19:19 PM IST

New Delhi: Checking whether the second-hand
vehicle you are planning to buy is a stolen one or not is now
just a text message away.

Delhi Police has started an SMS application wherein
people can send the registration number of vehicle to the
force for confirming the engine and chasis numbers.

"Before purchase of second-hand vehicle, confirm from
the respective transport Authorities that the engine and
chasis numbers are confirming to the registration number and
the make of vehicle as mentioned on the registration
certificate", a senior police official said.

For such verification, the official said, Delhi Police
Citizens First initiative have provided an online SMS
application.

For availing the service, one can send a text message
to "9811599901" with "SV (space) Registration No or Engine
No or Chasis No.

"The service is available round the clock", the official
said.

The service will come handy as investigators have found
that many stolen vehicles have been sold to unsuspecting
customers using forged documents.

"It is very easy now to find out whether the vehicle
you are planning to buy has genuine documents," the official
said.

According to Delhi Police, a total of 14,026 vehicles
were stolen in the capital last year while around 1,580
vehicles have been stolen this year so far.

PTI

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