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DLF city hires biker guards to fight crime

Gurgaon residents, especially senior citizens living in DLF City Phase I, will now have nattily dressed security guards zooming around in motorcycles to protect them from miscreants.

delhi Updated: Jul 17, 2009 23:43 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Gurgaon residents, especially senior citizens living in DLF City Phase I, will now have nattily dressed security guards zooming around in motorcycles to protect them from miscreants.

Wondering why DLF — one of the largest private developers in Gurgaon — had to launch a Quick Reaction Team (QRT) to fight crime?

Check these numbers: In DLF city and the surrounding areas, 10 murders, 22 robberies and 45 vehicle thefts have been reported this year (till mid-July) alone.

A one-of-a-kind crime fighting measure adopted by a private developer, the QRT consists of a team of motorcycle-borne security guards equipped with sirens, latest wireless devices, batons, and whistles to reach people in distress quickly.

The pilot team, which will patrol a residential pocket in Phase I, comprises seven motorcycle-borne security guards roped in by DLF.

"Later, the service would be extended in rest of the four phases as well," said Mahender Singh, security chief, DLF City.

DLF has also initiated a process of compiling a database of senior citizens, especially those living alone in DLF City. The DLF officials have clarified that residents would not be charged for the service.

Renu Sharma, a senior Human Resource Management (HRM) consultant and resident of DLF City, said private initiatives like QRT has been necessitated due to police failure.

"The state police never reach on time when help is needed. Most vulnerable are women and senior citizens who remain at home during the day," she said.

Help For Elderlies

SK Datta (77), secretary general, DLF City Senior Citizen Council said that about 3,500 elderly people lived in DLF City's five phases.

"The children of many senior citizens either work overseas or somewhere in India. Such people are more vulnerable to criminals," Datta said.

"This newly launched service would be of great help for such people."

Stressing that the QRT service is "basically for the elderly" who live away from their children in DLF City, Singh said, "We would tackle the problem of biker snatchers and eve teasers whose number is on the rise."

"The motorcycle-borne guards would not only be quick in reach out to people in distress, they will also chase down fleeing criminals. We will not charge extra maintenance fees for the QRT service," he said.

According to Singh, the latest move is part of broader plans to revamp the existing security network at DLF City. A few other initiatives are also in the pipeline to help make security more effective, he said.

"In August, we have plans to procure more motorcycles and deploy the same QRT service in rest of the phases."

When contacted, the DCP (east) Jagdish Nagar said that the directions were issued to all SHOs of all police stations in DLF City, Sushant Lok, Palam Vihar and other posh localities to compile the data of the senior citizens who were living alone.

When asked about the number of beat constables and PCR vans deployed in posh localities, the DCP failed to recall the exact numbers.

He said, “We address senior citizens' grievances through residents welfare associations whose office bearers contact us. We also have separate helpline numbers for senior citizens and women."

Mahender Singh, however, admitted that the policing system can’t be replaced.

“For the success of QRT we will have to work in tandem with the Gurgaon Police. Our security guards are unarmed and therefore would require the support of the police when tackling criminals who generally remain armed with sophisticated weapons these days,” he said.