Last week, three back-to-back incidents shocked outer Delhi's Rohini area, with residents fearing for their lives even in the safety of their own homes.
On September 12, a 70-year-old woman, a retired assistant commissioner of the Income Tax department, was found murdered in her Sector 8 house.
A day before that, a 27-year-old woman was shot dead in front of her 4-year-old son by a bike-borne assailant in a residential colony in Sector 16. She was going to drop her son to school.
On September 10, making mockery of the law, a 25-year-old man kidnapped two women and two minor girls in their car in Rohini area and escaped with the car after dumping them on the road one by one.
And the latest case of a triple murder in Rohini has only added to the panic.
"There is a sense of insecurity among the residents. People are being killed in their houses now and the police aren't doing anything. Car thefts are common in the area but it is the rise in violent crimes such as murders or kidnapping that has scared the residents most," said Sham Kapoor, secretary of Rohini Sector 16 Residents Welfare Association (RWA).
Residents said what makes Rohini vulnerable is its proximity to the Haryana border and open areas, giving easy access to criminals.
"Chain snatchings happen frequently. The police must patrol at night also. Criminals can easily cross the border in 5 minutes," said Puran Singh, a resident of sector 5, Rohini.
"We have identified the vulnerable spots where police presence is required to control crime," Kapoor added.
Police said being a border area, outer Delhi is always vulnerable to crime and Rohini is no exception. "We have intensified border checking,” a senior police officer said.