Among suburban stations, Tambaram recorded 291 cases of missing mobile phones in the last two years. —FIle photo
They managed to trace a smart phone that was bought from an e-commerce website
Contrary to the general perception that police do not register complaints of missing or stolen mobile phones, the Railway Police seem to have made a difference by making remarkable progress in investigating cases and recovering the devices.
In the last two years, as many as 1,157 of the total 3,374 mobile phones reported stolen, misplaced or missing in Chennai Police District — comprising 23 railway police stations spread across 23 districts — were recovered.
Sleuths of the Cyber Cell continue to track missing phones and take steps to recover them, wherever they are active.
In one case, a smart phone reported stolen was found active in the possession of a youth who claimed to have purchased it online. Further inquiries revealed that he bought it from the OLX e-commerce website.
“We wrote to OLX seeking details of the seller. The stolen mobile phone was restored to the complainant and appropriate action taken against the seller. OLX was told to ensure that the identity of the sellers is recorded before allowing any transaction on their platform,” Superintendent of Police P. Vijaya Kumar told The Hindu on Thursday. A majority of complaints pertained to thefts in crowded trains or complainants misplacing them while alighting at stations on long-distance trains.
A new trend was catching up of late. “Some suspects keep a watch on passengers using the mobile charging points and steal their phones at the opportune time. It is not possible for the passengers to keep a constant watch on their mobile phone at charging points.”
Traced to Kashmir
Referring to a recent recovery, Dr. Vijaya Kumar said the tower location of a stolen mobile phone was found in Kashmir. After replacing the SIM card, the suspect was using the phone in Jammu & Kashmir thinking that the police would not be able to reach him. But a special team was sent to recover the phone from the accused.
“We make sure that every petition of mobile phone theft or missing is registered and acknowledgement given to the complainant. An update on the action taken is given to the complainant after 48 hours. It doesn’t matter where the stolen or missing phone is; once traced, we will go after it. Where police are not able to trace the property, a non-traceable certificate is given to the complainant enabling him/her to claim insurance,” he said.
Going by data of stolen or missing mobile phones, Chennai Egmore station has topped the list with 1,125 cases in the last two years, closely followed by Chennai Central with 939 cases.
Among suburban stations, Tambaram reported 291 cases followed by the Perambur and Avadi railway stations which reported 162 and 151 cases respectively.
As many as 1,157 phones stolen, misplaced or missing in Chennai Police District recovered in two years
Source - The Hindu