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NAVI MUMBAI: Af­ter the civic elec­tions end, many res­i­dents of Navi Mumbai are ex­pected to leave for their home towns as their chil­dren have sum­mer va­ca­tions.

But to pro­tect against crimes such as theft and bur­glary in their empty houses dur­ing this time, po­lice have ap­pealed to the res­i­dents to take the nec­es­sary pre­ven­tive mea­sures to pro­tect their valu­ables be­fore they leave the city.

“It has been ob­served that cases like bur­glary, ve­hi­cle theft in­crease dur­ing the sum­mer va­ca­tion ev­ery year. So the res­i­dents should be care­ful about it,” said Suresh Men­gade, DCP (crime).

“Res­i­dents should use safety doors and strong locks in their flats. A dim light should be kept on. Bur­glars nor­mally do not tar­get such flats as­sum­ing peo­ple are in­side,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, ve­hi­cles should be parked at proper park­ing lots of their hous­ing so­ci­eties. Cash and jew­ellery, as well, should not be kept at home when are on va­ca­tion. They should be in a locker.

“It is sad that res­i­dents show a dis­in­ter­est in aware­ness drives con­ducted by the po­lice against house break-ins and other crimes,” an­other of­fi­cer said.

“They hardly fol­low the pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures men­tioned in the no­tices put up in parts of the city. There will be a con­sid­er­able decline in bur­glary cases if they even read and fol­low the safety mea­sures.” he added.

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