Dense fog forces cops to revise patrolling strategy

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 20, 2014 14:13 IST

The dense fog continues to create problems not only for the city residents but for cops too, thus making it difficult for them to keep a track on illegal activities during the night time.

Considering low visibility and to get rid of any untoward incident, police have also revamped their strategy regarding patrolling during the night and early morning.

They have been recollecting and analysing the data of the criminal cases in which miscreants took benefits of the fog and cold weather.

A senior police officer, seeking anonymity, said police had beefed up of police control room (PCR) patrolling, as foggy days were the most challenging for police in terms of keeping a tab on miscreants.

Most markets and residential areas wear a deserted look early evening and morning time, making it easy to criminals to engage in such activities.

He added, “On December 17, some miscreants had taken benefit of the fog and broke into locks of a total of 13 shops in Manimajra and three shops in Sector 32. The close circuit television (CCTV) camera footage revealed they kept on breaking locks one by one.”

This theft incident was also the reason police have decided to revamp their strategy regarding patrolling.

Sukhchain Singh, superintendent of police (SSP), Chandigarh, said they had intensified the patrolling during the night time, especially between 11pm and 6am. “All station house officers (SHOs) have also been briefed that patrolling vehicles and cops should be deployed in all market areas to curb theft incidents.”

He also said total 59 police control room vehicles (PCRs) vehicles were patrolling from 11pm to 6am, whereas a total of 25 PCR motorcycles were keeping vigil between 5pm and 12 midnight.

A police inspector said considering the severe cold, it was really difficult to work in such conditions during the night, adding patrolling through PCR vehicles could be more effective.

Lesson to learn

On January 12, 2011, a gang of five criminals, five of them dressed in police uniform, broke into a Tanishq showroom in Manimajra during the early hours and decamped with jewellery worth Rs 12 crore after tying the hands and legs of the security guard at the showroom. On the day of the incident, the accused had taken the benefit of the dense fog to rob the showroom.

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