Cops or­gan­ise meet­ings with res­i­dents to re­duce crimes

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: In view of in­creas­ing crimes such as bur­glary, chain snatch­ing and rob­bery, the Navi Mum­bai po­lice are con­duct­ing meet­ings with res­i­dents and cre­at­ing aware­ness among them.

“More and more res­i­dents are fall­ing prey to bur­glars and rob­bers. Chain- snatch­ing cases are also be­ing re­ported al­most ev­ery day,” said Suresh Men­gade, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (spe­cial branch).

“We are do­ing our best to re­duce crimes, but it is not pos­si­ble with­out proper co­op­er­a­tion of the res­i­dents. We ap­peal to the res­i­dents to co­op­er­ate with us to make Navi Mum­bai a bet­ter place to live in,” he said.

A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer from Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion said, “In­stal­la­tion of CCTV cam­eras is im­por­tant in hous­ing so­ci­eties as they help in solv­ing crimes. Un­for­tu­nately, very few so­ci­eties have in­stalled CCTV cam­eras in their build­ings so far.”

“In the gaothan ar­eas sev­eral sin­gle men and women who work in the IT sec­tor, are stay­ing on rent. Once they leave for their of­fices, the whole build­ing be­comes a de­serted place. Tak­ing ad­van­tage, the cul­prits break into houses. Their land­lords also don’t de­ploy any se­cu­rity guards to look af­ter these buid­ings,” he said.

The po­lice are con­duct­ing meet­ings with se­nior cit­i­zens for en­sur­ing their safety.

“Sev­eral peo­ple from Navi Mum­bai work in Mum­bai and they leave for of­fices in the early morn­ing. The se­nior cit­i­zens are left at home ei­ther alone or with the maids. It is im­por­tant to take mea­sures for en­sur­ing safety of these peo­ple,” Men­gade said.

“It has been ob­served that many peo­ple take their ten­ants and do­mes­tic helps for granted and be­come de­pen­dent on them. This is not a healthy phe­nom­e­non,” said NG Ma­jge, po­lice in­spec­tor from Nerul po­lice sta­tion.

“Even se­cu­rity guards should not be used for a per­sonal works. There are in­stances, wherein the se­cu­rity gu­rads of hous­ing so­ci­eties turned rob­bers and mo­lesters,” he said.

In­stal­la­tion of CCTV cam­eras is im­por­tant in hous­ing so­ci­eties as they help in solv­ing crimes. Only some so­ci­eties have in­stalled CCTVs in their build­ings.

A SE­NIOR PO­LICE OF­FI­CER, Kopar Khairane po­lice sta­tion

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