Jewellers take to WhatsApp, share safety tips

  • Jyotsna Jalali, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2014 11:03 IST

After the Sector-22 jewellery shop robbery on August 4, jewellers across the city have taken to social networking application, WhatsApp to share information and ensure that no other member of their community becomes a target of any such robbery in the future. Besides, sharing tips on safety, jewellers are using the platform to wisecrack on the police efficiency or the perceived lack of it. At least three groups have been formed in the past three days and most of the jewellers across tricity have become members.

Vinod Talwar, president, Jeweller Association Chandigarh, said, “The group has become popular in the past couple of days and the group is being effectively used to spread awareness as to how jewellers across tricity can remain safe from any mishap and can be forewarned.”

The general tips on safety being shared at these groups include the installation of electronic doors which can be opened and close only by owners. It has also been suggested that warning bells be installed in neighbouring shops, the CCTV cameras must always be in working condition. Some other suggestions doing the rounds are changing routes to and from home and also deploying cameras in parking opposite shops.

Rajiv Sahdev, president, Chandigarh Jewellers’ Association, said, “The application has been very useful and most of us feel that we should have used it earlier.”

Suraj Mohan Chauhan, has formed another platform at Tricity Members here have condemned the police and its inability to arrest the accused, even as CCTV footage is available.

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