Vehicle thefts are reported in various parts of the country, and although models stolen may look random, that might not actually be the case. In Gujarat, thieves have a particular interest towards the Hyundai Santro.
Now, if one is wondering why thieves would prefer a vehicle model that is out of production, the answer is that they can be modified and resold as taxis.
In Gujarat's Ahmedabad district, 12 cars were stolen in the last six months. According to the police, the Santro has become the most desirable car amongst thieves, since it is out of production for one, and such vehicles cannot be detected easily, the second reason.
Car thieves steal such cars, repaint them, replace the number plate, and even change the chassis number of the car and sell them as taxis. Also, taxis don't get checked thoroughly at police checkpoints.
The final step before selling such stolen cars are fake papers (ownership details, address, insurance, etc.), which trick unsuspecting customers to buy stolen vehicles.
Back in 2013, a group of carjackers were caught by the Mumbai police, who sold cars in Mumbai, stolen from places such as Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.
If small car theft does bother you, but still want to own one, the Renault Kwid is a good suggestion. Take a look at the image gallery below.