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Delhi's Chief Minister and fairly controversial politician Arvind Kejriwal is in the news yet again. While that might not be new, the reason for him being in the news and all over social media is outright amusing to be honest.
Arwind Kejriwal's car has been stolen, yes the very same Blue-coloured WagonR used by him in his campaigns for the first election he contested. The same car remained his daily drive even after being elected as the chief minister.
What makes the whole incident hilarious is that, the car was stolen when it was parked right outside the secretariat. The National Capital's Chief Minister's car being stolen is amusing in itself, and adding to it is the fact that it was stolen from right outside the government headquarters.
We have no doubt that the thieves will be tracked down and the car retrieved, but we are not sure Mr Kejriwal would be in a good mood till then. The particular car in question was gifted to him by an NRI, and has been a companion of sorts for Arvind Kejriwal.
The Maruti Suzuki WagonR once doubled up as the venue of a cabinet meeting when he went on a public protest against the Delhi Police for their alleged inaction against a drug and prostitution mafia in the city.
It was during the same protest that Kejriwal used the small hatchback to camp out of, sleeping on the pavement. That was when the car in question got the country's attention.
Gadgets and safety devices one can install to avoid car theft:
Now that a car has been stolen from right outside the secretariat, it has been proven once again that there cannot be complete dependence on security agencies for our safety. Here are a few devices which would allow you to take you own precautions:
An engine immobilizer is an anti-theft system which is now available in several cars costing above Rs 5 lakh. This system uses a digitally coded smart key which contains a transponder chip. An electronic security code is stored in the chip without which the ECU would not activate the fuel-injection system. The car therefore would not start without the original key.
Aftermarket Immobiliser systems too are available and can be installed on any car with a fuel-injection system.
2. GPS tracking systems:
There are several companies which manufacture GPS tracking systems which can be installed on any car. Once installed, the owner of the car can track various parameters of the car, including speed and location via a smartphone app. The owner can even disable the car's engine remotely if stolen, and then track it down via GPS.
3. Gear and Steering wheel locks:
Various designs of gear lever locks and steering wheel locks are available in the market. The gear lever lock physically locks the gear lever in reverse/park gear making it nearly impossible to move the vehicle forward.
The steering wheel lock, locks the steering wheels in a particular angle and this cannot be turned until the lock is opened. These locks are made of metal, and are hard to cut open even with a power tool.
All automobile enthusiasts develop a connect with their car. Now, we're not sure if Arvind Kejriwal is an auto enthusiast, but there is sufficient evidence to show that he definitely has a connect with his car. The Delhi Police though seriously need to step up their security.
Until that happens though, it is best we take precautions for ourselves and secure our cars.