Make sure your house is theft-proof

Be­fore go­ing on va­ca­tion, en­sure your home is prop­erly locked and valu­ables are in bank lock­ers

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

NAVI MUM­BAI: With cases of bur­glary and ve­hi­cle theft on the rise dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tions, the police have ap­pealed to res­i­dents to take steps to keep their be­long­ings safe.

Sources from the Na vi Mum­bai crime branch told HT that com­pared to 2014, in­stances of bur­glary in­creased by 30% and those of ve­hi­cle theft rose by 35% dur­ing the va­ca­tions in 2015. Most in­stances of bur­glary were re­ported at Kopar Khairane, Vashi, Ra­bale and Pan­vel.

Sure sh Mengde, deputy com­mis­sioner of police ( spe­cial branch), said, “It has been ob­served that over the years, the cases of bur­glary rise in March, April and May, when res­i­dents lock their flats and go on va­ca­tions. Spot­ting an op­por­tu­nity, thieves tar­get these houses.”

“Res­i­dents use strong locks on their doors and se­cure their win­dows so that thieves can­not gain easy ac­cess to these houses. They should fix grills at all their win­dows and use safety doors at the main en­trances of their flats,” said Mengde, adding, “Res­i­dents should keep jewellery and other valu­ables in lock­ers be­fore go­ing on va­ca­tion.”

“Many peo­ple do not fix grills on their win­dows, be­cause it ru­ins the look of the house. But to main­tain the ‘look’, they don’t re­alise that they could be putting their be­long­ings at the risk of be­ing stolen,” said an of­fi­cer from Vashi police sta­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Mengde, “CCTV cam­eras should be in­stalled on ev­ery floor of hous­ing so­ci­eties as only se­cu­rity guards are not suf­fi­cient. Se­cu­rity guards should be hired from au­tho­rised agen­cies and their photo-id proof should be sub­mit­ted to the near­est police sta­tion.”

“Peo­ple should in­stall steel doors in their flats and in­form their neigh­bours when­ever they go out of the city,” said Sangeeta Alphonso, se­nior police in­spec­tor from Nerul police sta­tion.

“They should keep a light in a room of their flat switched on so that the cul­prits won’t tar­get their flats as­sum­ing some­one is in there,” added Alphonso.

On the se­cu­rity mea­sures in­cor­po­rated in Nerul, where a high num­ber of bur­glary cases have been re­ported, Alphonso said, “We will con­sult mem­bers of the Peace Com­mit­tee and Mahila Dak­shata Com­mit­tee in our area and seek their co­op­er­a­tion to solve such crimes. We have also dis­trib­uted ad­vi­sories among res­i­dents of Nerul. We have also put posters across town to spread aware­ness among the peo­ple,” she added.

“We have de­cided to ex­tern the ha­bit­ual of­fend­ers from our area. Re­cently, we have iden­ti­fied four such crim­i­nals. We have sent a pro­posal to the deputy com­mis­sioner’s of­fice to ex­tern them,” said Satish Gaik­wad, se­nior police in­spec­tor of Kopar Khairane police sta­tion.

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