House break-ins in­crease dur­ing fes­ti­val

Af­ter five shops were robbed in a day, po­lice in­crease pa­trolling and tell res­i­dents to take safety mea­sures

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

VASHI: Di­wali comes as an­other op­por­tu­nity for burglars in the city. In the past few days, sev­eral cases of house break-ins have been re­ported, with shops too be­ing tar­geted. The po­lice have beefed up se­cu­rity and have ap­pealed to res­i­dents to be cau­tious.

While some pur­chase gold jew­ellery, oth­ers bring home their jew­ellery from bank lock­ers for wear­ing dur­ing the fes­ti­vals. The busi­ness is also good in shops.

On Mon­day, five shops in Big Splash build­ing lo­cated in Sec­tor 17, Vashi, were bro­ken into by uniden­ti­fied per­sons. How­ever, they could not take away much, said Vashi po­lice.

In Goth­ivli, a house breakin was re­ported in Guru Mauli build­ing and property worth Rs93,000 was stolen from the house.

“The build­ing lo­cated in gaothan area does not have a se­cu­rity wall and the se­cu­rity guard was neg­li­gent in his duty. This helped the cul­prits,” said an of­fi­cer from Ra­bale po­lice sta­tion.

He said, “The cul­prits took away the gold jew­ellery along with the pur­chase bills. Th­ese, they prob­a­bly be­lieve, will help them sell the loot at a jew­ellery shop.”

In an­other case, the po­lice learnt that a mo­bile phone had been stolen from a house in the build­ing two days ear­lier.

“The locks on the doors of the houses in the build­ing are not very strong and cul­prits broke them eas­ily to gain ac­cess to the flats,” said the of­fi­cer.

“While we have in­creased night pa­trolling and naka­ban­dis in the city, we also ap­peal to the res­i­dents to take ad­e­quate safety mea­sures dur­ing the fes­ti­val,” said Arun Wal­ture, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice.

Re­cently, the po­lice busted a car thief gang, ar­rested four peo­ple and seized three ve­hi­cles from them. The ar­rested men The ac­cused have con­fessed to steal­ing ve­hi­cles in Navi Mum­bai, Thane, Mum­bai, Pune and other cities. The po­lice said they were yet to ar­rest the leader of their gang.

The po­lice said sev­eral hous­ing so­ci­eties in Navi Mum­bai are lag­ging be­hind in se­cu­rity sys­tems and that is the rea­son why more and more peo­ple are fall­ing prey to burglars.

They have been warn­ing res­i­dents to keep se­cu­rity sys­tems in place. Peo­ple spend lakhs of ru­pees on their houses and ve­hi­cles but when it comes to se­cur­ing them, they do not seem to have the bud­get. “Fact is that it hardly costs much to get such se­cu­rity,” the po­lice had said.

“The burglars are pro­fes­sional. They get into the houses, break locks of cup­boards in no time and es­cape. The en­tire op­er­a­tion takes them less than 10 min­utes. There­fore, we ap­peal to the city res­i­dents to co­op­er­ate with the po­lice in re­duc­ing crimes,” the po­lice had said.

While we have in­creased night pa­trolling and naka­ban­dis in the city, we also ap­peal to the res­i­dents to take ad­e­quate safety mea­sures, es­pe­cially dur­ing the fes­ti­vals

ARUN WAL­TURE, as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice

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