Po­lice give safety lessons to res­i­dents

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: As a part of the Rais­ing Day cel­e­bra­tions, the Navi Mum­bai po­lice have been con­duct­ing meet­ings with mem­bers of dif­fer­ent hous­ing so­ci­eties, se­nior cit­i­zens as well as school and col­lege stu­dents to sen­si­tise them about the com­mon crimes that took place in last one year.

One such meet­ing, held at Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion on Wed­nes­day, was at­tended by over 300 res­i­dents and lo­cal activists of the area. Is­sues re­lated to seven crimes— bank fraud, child abuse, ve­hi­cle theft, bur­glary, chain snatch­ing, cheating and cy­ber­crime— were dis­cussed in the meet­ing. Res­i­dents were also given ad­vi­sories to take pre­ven­tive mea­sures to avoid such in­ci­dents.

“A ma­jor­ity of th­ese crimes have been de­tected so far but

it is not pos­si­ble to re­duce the same un­less pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures are taken,” said Satish Gaik­ward, se­nior in­spec­tor of Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion.

“We are try­ing to cre­ate aware­ness about th­ese crimes through

the ad­vi­sories. In the first ad­vi­sory, we have writ­ten what the res­i­dents should do to avert prob­a­ble bank frauds, how they will get to know if there is any skim­mer in the ATM ma­chines and why a credit or debit card should be swiped in front of the owner and so on,” he said.

An­other meet­ing was held for the se­nior cit­i­zens at San­pada on Tues­day. “Sev­eral se­nior cit­i­zens’ as­so­ci­a­tions had ap­proached us and shared their views on se­cu­rity in the past six months. Many of them even don’t know the helpline num­ber (18002002122) the po­lice have in­tro­duced,” said Suresh Men­gade, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (spe­cial branch).

“The se­nior cit­i­zens are left at home ei­ther alone or with do­mes­tic helps,” he said.

“There are sev­eral in­stances, wherein the se­cu­rity guards turned into rob­bers, mo­lesters and mur­der­ers. We sug­gest to sub­mit photo iden­ti­ties and proof of ad­dress of the se­cu­rity guards and do­mes­tic help at the near­est po­lice sta­tion,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Se­nior cit­i­zens and res­i­dents at San­pada at­tend a meet­ing called by po­lice of­fi­cials at San­pada on Tues­day.

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