No light at the end of the ‘crime’ tunnel
Install cameras in every public area
The incidents of crime are increasing day by day in the city. The commissionerate system although helped reduce the incidents a little, but failed to eliminate them. There are crimes which do not even come into the notice of the media or police. To check crimes in the city, cameras should be installed in every street and public area. Technically qualified staff should be appointed to review the recording constantly.
via email Easier to be robbed than lodge an FIR
Police commissionerate system in Ludhiana has not helped curb crime. Tall claims by the city police of trying to curb crime have repeatedly fallen flat with various crime incidents being reported every day. Criminals continue to use every trick in the book to rob city residents while the police seem to be no more than mere spectators.
Numerous cases of organised robberies, gunpoint snatchings of vehicles, gold, cash, mobile phones and thefts are a daily affair.
Miscreants have also started smashing cars’ windowpanes to take away cash and valuables. This reflects inefficiency of the city police.
It has been seen that in several cases, no police case is registered. It is easier to get robbed than get a complaint registered with the police. Lodging an FIR should be a simple affair for the common man.
Police need to start conducting meetings with residents every month in different areas and listen to their grievances. Minutes of the meeting should be forwarded to the higher police officials. Police should also meet school and college students.
Also, unless residents start interacting with the police comfortably, the crime incidents cannot be reduced.
City residents are themselves paying for setting up of iron gates and appointing watchmen, as they do not feel secure.
via email Proper checking of vehicles essential
The commissionerate system has helped in reducing the crime to some extent. But still the cases of snatching are increasing daily. Proper checking of vehicles should be the main concern of police. Patrolling should be increased specially during late night and early morning. Mostly unemployed youth are behind these crimes. Lack of money forces them to take to crime, and uneducated people support them in this. Compulsory education and good job opportunities can put a full stop on these crimes.
Ludhiana Gangs roam the city with impunity
Though the police commissionerate was established in the city three years ago, there has been no decrease in the incidence of crime. Gangs of miscreants roam the city and have been mushrooming. Though the police have succeeded in arresting some of them, the accused manage to get bail and again indulge in criminal activities, incorrigibly. The police should deal with such criminal elements harshly and should beef up the security and patrolling for the safety and security of the city residents.
Haibowal Police bulldozed by power and pelf of politicians
The police have been bulldozed by the power and pelf of the politicians; this was the reason why some of the senior police officials were beaten up by the latter. The police should act as the protectors of the law rather than be the toadies of their political bosses. Cases of snatchings, loot and land grab have been increasing exponentially and the real estate business has been used by both the police and the politicians to make a killing directly or indirectly.
Daba Police must strike at the root of the problem
Acute unemployment and pervasive drug addiction are the two major reasons behind crimes like snatchings and mugging. Elderly people and women have been soft targets for the snatchers. Just punishing the miscreants is not a permanent solution to the problem as the police would have to strike at the root of it: it should organise de-addiction camps for drug addicts with the active help of NGOs working in the field.
Ludhiana Crime rate has spiked
I don’t think the police commissionerate system started in 2010 has actually helped curb crime in the city; the crime rate in the city is still high as compared with past years. Incidents of crimes, like rape, snatching and murder, remain high.
Ludhiana Police must have targeted approach
The police must evolve a targeted approach to crime fighting. They should be deploying more personnel in areas which are crime prone. For example, if an area is snatching infested then more personnel must be concentrated to stop the incidents of the crime. Added to it, the authorities must solve the pending cases.
Ludhiana Police lack resources
The commissionerate system has not been very effective in tackling crime in the city. The major reason behind this might be the scarcity of vital resources, including manpower, with the police department. How can we expect good results from an overburdened police force?
Ludhiana Collapse of social system to blame
Given the ever spiking crime rate in the city, we need to find out the factors collectively responsible for this. Poor policing is one of the reasons, but the collapse of social system is perhaps the main factor behind the rise in crime. Tackling crime is the responsibility of the police, but they are helpless without the active support from society.
Ludhiana Police must be pro-people and friendly
In order to curb crime completely, the police department should come down heavily upon the drug mafia so that youths can be saved from becoming drug addicts. The police should have a friendly face so that people do not hesitate in approaching the police personnel. I don’t think that the new system has helped curb crime. The department should deploy more personnel in various areas of the city. It should open public help centres and depute honest officials there.
Ludhiana Need to go that extra mile in curbing crimes against women
The new system has helped curb crime to some extent, but still the common man feels that police should go that extra mile to stop crimes against women. Rape, eveteasing and cases of violence are reported in huge numbers. Snatching incidents have instilled fear among the public. The public too should come forward to help the police so that anti-social elements can be nabbed.
Ludhiana Strong network of informers needed
Clearly, the police department is responsible for the growing crime in the city. There are faults with the way the department handles issues. Also, there is a need to stress more on strengthening the network of informers. Without this network, we can’t expect good results from the police.
Ludhiana Middle rung officials are unfriendly, intimidating and callous
The hopes of people, heightened after the commissionerate was set up, have dashed as the police have failed to rein in anti social elements.
Majority of the assistant sub-inspectors, sub-inspectors and station house officers, who come directly in contact with the complainants going to police stations and police chowkis have an unfriendly, intimidating and callous approach.
Senior cops, including IPS officers, are accessible and are honest and sincere. To top it Commissionerate system is incompetent
The new system was established to meet the dynamic and complex law and order requirements.
Alas, it has been rendered ineffective because nothing has changed since its inception in 2010, except for breeding more corruption on the part of police officials. People still feel unsafe and crime is on the rise.
Even junior officials in the pecking order, such as constables and traffic policemen, have been found indulging in malpractices and ignoring their duties.
Ludhiana has witnessed unprecedented urbanisation so an effective and modern system to fight crime needs to be put in place. The police should put up complaint boxes at schools and colleges for women to write about their problems without revealing their identity.
Police stations should have a minimum of five women police constables/officers, with their phone numbers displayed on information boards outside.