According to recent data released by the Delhi Police, there has been a notable decrease in the number of bag thefts reported at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI Airport) this year. The statistics indicate a significant 48% decline in the registration of such incidents compared to the previous year, as reported by the Times of India.
Between April and November of this year, there has been a remarkable 70% reduction in bag thefts compared to the same period last year. Notably, there were no reported thefts in the months of April, August, and November. Authorities are currently analyzing this data to identify any areas of concern and to further reduce the number of incidents.
DCP Devesh Mahla of the IGI Airport highlighted several measures taken to address this issue. These include random checks on personnel responsible for handling baggage, strict enforcement of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) guidelines, and the formation of five teams to conduct random inspections.
Additionally, airlines have been reminded of their responsibilities and the potential legal consequences they may face. This year alone, 42 individuals have been arrested in connection with bag theft cases, compared to 32 arrests last year.
Numerous cases of theft have been reported throughout the year, involving two major gangs of loaders. The stolen items commonly reported include cash, watches, jewelry, cellphones, and air pods.
Authorities familiar with the investigation revealed that loaders often target passengers based on their profile or rely on their instincts. To enhance surveillance security, the police have implemented various measures, including increased surveillance in the aircraft handling area and along the route of baggage TUGs (trolleys or carts carrying passengers’ baggage) through strategically placed CCTV cameras.
Airlines’ senior management could also be held accountable for criminal breach of trust under Section 406 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) if found to be involved in these thefts. To assist passengers who have lost or had their belongings stolen, the IGI Airport has established a dedicated counter called “May I Help You?”
The concerted efforts of law enforcement agencies and airport authorities aim to ensure the safety and security of passengers’ belongings at the Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport.