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Old 15th May 2024, 21:49   #1
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Honda Activa locks making them more theft prone - Police

In a newsreport appearing in The Times of India, Nagpur edition, the rising thefts of two wheelers at Nagpur city has been discussed. Several factors have come to the fore. The thefts have risen from 120 per day in 2022 to about 160 per day in the first four months of 2024. The rise, it states is due to soaring demand and the unaffordable ex-showroom prices by many. Such buyers mostly from the rural areas buy the stolen two wheeler at a discounted price, without papers. Of the 1553 thefts reported in 2022, 548 cases were solved, while in 2023 of the 1809 cases, 624 were detected. In 2024, of the 639 reported cases 185 were detected. The police are studying modus operandi of the thieves and are designating particular locations as theft "HOT SPOTS."

Nimit Goyal, Dy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Nagpur city, has said that of the total number of two wheelers stolen, 50 % are Honda Activas. He also stated that the police had written to the manufacturers about the weak security locking feature. So also have different units of the Maharashtra Police written to the manufacturers ( they mean HMSCL), alerting them about the lock issue but nothing has happened. He further stated that the Activa locks can be opened with similar keys of other types of two wheelers. The DCP stressed that using quality locks and parking at designated places will help avoid thefts.

Going by these facts, HMSCL needs to very seriously work upon it's locking system and upgrade. They have upgraded the scooter to 7G and it costs a good, six figure amount, but the lock remains the archiac one from ancient times, carried over.

It would be worthwhile if they recall Activas manufactured during the past at least three years, to upgrade their locks to set an example.

As in the newslink below:-

Goyal said the police are struggling to prevent thefts of Activa scooters in particular because its locks can be easily opened with similar keys of other types of two-wheelers.

“We had written to the manufacturers of Activa scooters about its weak security locking feature. In the past too, different units of Maharashtra police have written to the manufacturers of Activa alerting them about the lock issue but nothing has happened,” said Goyal, adding almost 50% of total two-wheeler thefts involve Activa.

Goyal said that using quality locks for two-wheelers and parking at designated places will help avoid thefts.
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