The centre’s decision to scrap old currency notes of 500 and 1000 denomination as an anti-graft initiative has not only hit the black money holders but the petty criminals in Bhopal too. This is more evident with the fact that since November 8, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the decision of demonetization, the incidents of theft, vehicle theft and burglary have been reported less than half of those reported in the normal days.
According to a police official at the police control room, Naveen Kumar, in the past five days there has been a considerable decline in the incidents of theft, burglary and vehicle lifting.
“Usually on a given day, there are about three to four incidents of burglary reported in the police stations of the city but now it has come down to one to two incidents or sometimes nil. The incidents of vehicle theft have also come down eight to nine to only two to three per day after the demonetization move,” said Kumar while speaking to HT adding that the last incident of theft of cash was reported in Koh-e-fiza police station about two days ago, in which the complainants reported a theft of Rs 1 lakh which was later recovered from his house only.
Speaking to HT on the issues, 22-year-old engineering student, Abhishek Gupta, said that the demonetization move has surely hit the crime scenario too.
“It is obvious that the criminals would restrain themselves from committing theft or burglary at present because they know that they would either get old currency notes which are of no use now or very less money of the new currency as there is a cap on the withdrawal of money from the ATMs or banks due to their less availability in the market,” added Gupta.
Batting his thoughts, a 48-year-old man working at a private firm in the city, Naresh Chokse, said that the common people at present are facing some problems but the move is posing problems for the criminals too.
“Every move has its pros and cons. The demonetization move is also creating some temporary inconvenience to the common man but more than that it is creating problem to the ones with black money as well as the criminals who rely of thefts or burglary to earn their living,” added Chokse.
Superintendent of police, (North), Arvind Saxena , while speaking to HT, said that one of the main reasons of the decline in the incidents of theft, burglary and vehicle lifting is strict vigil by the police in the city.
“Due to ongoing stressed situation at the banks, the police are keeping a strict vigil in all over the city which is putting fear in the minds of the criminals. Criminals are taking no chance at present. Thought there have been incidents of theft or burglary in the city but very less and in scattered manner,” added Saxena.