Not a day goes by without a theft in Chandigarh as around 240 burglaries and 270 other thefts from houses were reported in 2013. In spite of tall claims of the Chandigarh Police of increasing patrolling, strengthening beat system, the thieves continued to take away the peace of city residents by breaking in their offices or houses.
The burglars and thieves did not even spare commodities such as cylinders, iron grills, water taps, x-ray sheets and other basic stuff.
The thieves in most cases laid their hands on cash and gold and silver jewellery, besides electronic items.
The analysis of the data reveals that burglaries, which largely mean taking away stuff after breaking-in, were reported from areas housing offices and bank ATMs.
Also, the focus of thefts was on the highly populated central and southern sectors. Houses locked and isolated for long time were the targets, particularly the ones of non-resident Indians that were locked for months together.
Meanwhile, the Sector-31 police station area tops the chart when it comes to house thefts. As many as 40 house thefts were reported from here.
For the thieves in Chandigarh there were no vacations. During the summer vacation burglaries were reported to the police every other day. During June at least 20 complaints of house break were reported to the police.
This was despite the fact that the Chandigarh police keep issuing a list of do’s and don’ts to the residents for preventing house thefts and burglaries when they go on vacations. The beat constables, under the system, are expected to go from one block to another for not only maintaining vigil but also to send across the message that the Chandigarh Police are around.
The Sector-31 police station tops the chart when it comes to burglaries and house thefts. In all 49 burglaries and 40 house thefts were reported from the area, which covers Industrial Area, Ramdarbar, Hallomajra, besides Sectors 31 and 47.
Every other day a burglary was reported from industrial units in which copper wires, iron, lead and other material were picked up. The stuff is sold off to junk dealers and thieves make quick money without the fear of being caught.
The Sector-19 and -34 police stations witnessed close to 30 burglaries each. Eleven burglaries were reported from Sector 20B and C.
About five burglaries each were reported from Sector 33 and Burail. Sector 34 has various establishments where petty crime is not uncommon.
Then come Sector-17 and -39 police station areas. More than 35 burglaries each were reported from these areas. The concentration of burglaries in Sector 17 area was majorly in Sectors 22 and 23 with six incidents from Sector 23B and C, besides five in Sector 22A.
In southern part of the city, Sector-39 police station witnessed maximum burglaries. Out of total 26 burglaries, six were from Sector 36. Other areas from where such incidents were frequently reported were Sectors 41 and 37 and Maloya.
Other house thefts
Area under the Sector-11 police station was next in line to Sector-31 police station in the number of house thefts reported.
In all 32 thefts were reported, of which nine took place in Sector 15 and seven at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) here. The area has a lot of students from other cities living on rent or as paying guests. In majority of the cases students complained about stealing of purses, laptops, cash and jewellery.
This time thefts were also reported from the PGIMER where purses and laptops were stolen. The area under the Sector-26 police station was struck by thieves at least 30 times last year. Out of total thefts, five each were reported from Sector-26 grain market and Sector 27A and D. In Sector-34 area, five theft incidents were reported from Burail. The other areas which saw a large number of thefts were Sectors 33, 34 and 44.
Look out for thieves
The ones indulging in these thefts are habitual and repeated offenders. Some of them are part of organised gangs and get active travelling from one city to another.
DSP (crime) Satbir Singh says, “The thieves indulging in petty crimes will be just 1% of the total population. The trend has been ever-existent. In fact, the youngsters indulging in thefts generally do not stick to one city. They keep moving from one city to another. The police have arrested at least 50 persons for petty thefts in the last one year. A lot of petty thefts are reported from the industries and factories and the stolen stuff is sold to junk dealers at much low price.”
Know security gadgets
E-security system: You can watch your house 24X7 even if you are at the other end of the globe through e-security systems which enables you to log on to a programme of home protection through internet. With close circuit televisions attached to the web, it maintains round-the-clock vigil and enables you to watch activities back home and office.
Infra red censors on doors: As an intruder crosses the beam the alarm is set on.
Video door phone system: It consists of an outdoor unit with a camera and indoor monitor. A camera is installed to the main door and it is connected to the indoor monitor. Whenever there is a visitor at the door, an image flashes on the monitor.
Telephone dialing system with a SIM card: It helps you keep control of your shop even sitting away. Even if the light goes off the owner is given a message GSM Panel.
Censor lights, smoke detector, flasher siren and shock sensor are also available to keep the home and office safe.
No thefts in these areas
No house thefts were reported from Sectors 1, 2, 3, 9B and C, 16B and C in 2013.
Some lapses on the part of the local police which results in thefts. The police should increase their presence on the inner streets and roads, across the city so that it proves as a deterrent for the miscreants. Beat system should be strengthened. Kanta Devi, Dadumajra resident.
Thefts and burglaries incidents can be reduced only after both police and residents work towards that direction. More police presence can result in reduction of theft cases.Ensuring use of good modern locks and doors may prevent burglars to target your ‘home sweet home’. Inderpal Singh, a resident of sector 15.
Thefts and burglaries are on the rise in Chandigarh in houses as well as shops. There is a fear among residents whenever they lock and leave their house and go out of the city. Chandigarh police in this regard should ensure sincere night patrolling in sectors. Night vision CCTV cameras should be installed at entry and exit of each sector. Ensuring use of good modern locks and doors may prevent burglars to target your ‘home sweet home’. Abhay Arora , Sector 18 resident.
Concerted effort is being made to nab the thieves. Special nakas are set up to check movement of anti social elements in the city. In fact, the youngsters indulging in thefts generally do not stick to one city. They keep moving from one city to another. Satbir Singh, DSP crime.