Recent incidents of thefts and robberies in the city have left residents, especially elderly, to live in a state of constant worry. Owing to lackadaisical nature of police, many people even afraid of going out during the night time, as police have miserably failed to solve some of the recent theft and robbery incidents.
Gurinder Singh Walia, president, the resident welfare association, Phase 10, said, "Our area seems to have become the hub of robberies and burglaries. With police being totally inefficient in solving cases, incidents like chain snatching, thefts and other street crimes are on the rise. People even fear going out and leaving their houses locked."
Malvinder Mavi, a resident of Sector 91, said, "Most of the houses in Sector 91 are of NRIs', making them an easy target for thieves. Police can't be everywhere so the area residents took an initiative and urged the developers to install security gates. More watchmen have been hired and patrolling during the night time has been increased."
Superintendent of police (SP) Ashish Kapoor said, "Patrolling has been increased, especially during the night, to avoid such incidents. Police are also investigating unsolved thefts cases by interrogating arrested thieves."
Explaining how criminals find their targets, the SP said, "They usually break into a house having the gate closed from several days, and where they see newspapers stacked up outside houses."
UNSOLVED THEFTS CASES
December 5: Thieves decamp with $7,000 and Sri Lankan rupees 25,000 from a house in Phase 10
November 3: Lakh of rupees, gold jewellery, camera and other valuable items stolen from a locked house of an NRI in Phase 11
OCTOBER 10: Rs 1 lakh and gold jewellery worth Rs 1.2 lakh stolen from a house in Kharar
OCTOBER 14: Six unidentified men commit robbery at gunpoint at a house in Phase 10
IN SECTOR 91: All four tyres of a Renault Duster SUV stolen and thefts at two houses