Following the incident where four people on two motorbikes allegedly robbed a Vile Parle-based businessman in broad day light on Saturday in Goregaon (east), the Mumbai police have issued an advisory to motorists to remain alert while they drive and stop at signals. On Saturday, the robbers managed to stop the businessman's car by blaming him for an accident. Then they broke the car's window pane and escaped with a bag containing Rs 25 lakh cash.
On Monday, additional commissioner of police, Brijesh Singh (north region) issued an alert to motorists. "While halting at a busy signals, strangers might trick you by knocking at a window saying that your car's rear tyre has a puncture. They might also blame you for an accident or start a fight saying your careless driving injured him or use use several other tricks to distract you," says the advisory.
"As soon as you alight from the car, his accomplice, who is standing on the left side, opens your car door smoothly without your knowledge, removes your mobile/ wallet kept on dashboard or any other item viz.
laptop/ briefcase kept on seat and runs away. Meanwhile, the signal starts and you hurriedly sit in the car and cross the signal. After some time, you realize that you have been fooled by criminals," the advisory further stated.
How these gangs work
Mostly these gangs have two or three members. One gang member keeps looking for a car with a single occupant. As soon as the car halts at the signal, the gang member standing on the left side starts looking for valuables on dashboard or bags kept on the seat. When he zeroes on the target, he gives indication to his associate who probably is waiting on the divider. He immediately knocks on your car door and the above narrated ploy plays out. If there is a third person, the stolen booty is passed onto him and he immediately disappears from the crime scene.
1) Don't keep your mobiles/wallet or any valuables on dash board.
2) If anybody tries to play such trick, before alighting take your mobile/wallet with you.
3) Don't alight from the car hurriedly and always secure your belongings before alighting.