ENSURE YOUR HOME IS SAFE, POLICE TELL RESIDENTS
Some unidentified people broke into a flat at Ashirwad CHS at Vashi, sector 19 and stole gold jewellery worth Rs20 lakh from it in February last year.
One year down the line the police have not been able to recover a single piece of stolen jewellery. However, they claim to have arrested two persons involved in the crime. The society did not have any CCTV cameras installed when the incident took place. They had one security guard, but he too was sleeping then.
Several housing societies in Navi Mumbai are lagging behind in security systems and that is the reasons why more and more people are falling prey to burglars in the city, the police say.
Sources from the crime branch said burglaries in the city goes up every year during summer vacation as many people go to their native place. “In view of the increasing cases of burglaries, we are conducting meetings with the residents every Sunday. Several meeting have already been conducted in Vashi, Koparkhairane, Nerul, Sanpada and Rabale so far,” said a crime branch official.
“Unfortunately, residents do not show interest in awareness drives conducted by the police against house break- ins and other crimes. They hardly follow the precautionary measures mentioned in the notices put up by cops in various parts of the city. There will be a considerable decline in burglary cases if they even read and follow the safety measures mentioned in such notices,” he added.
“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,” he said.
“These burglars are very professional. They get into the houses, take whatever they want breaking locks of cupboards inside in no time and get away. The entire operation takes them not even 10 minutes. Therefore, we appeal to the city residents to cooperate with the police in reducing crimes,” he said.