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We hope to curb street crimes through surprise pickets

Asif Mohammed, additional DCP (East) talks to Faizan Haider about containing crime in east Delhi.

delhi Updated: Sep 24, 2012 23:54 IST
Faizan Haider

Asif Mohammed, additional DCP (east), talks to Faizan Haider about containing crime in east Delhi.

The residents of east Delhi have a lot to say about policing in the area. Do you seek their suggestions to improve the situation?
The role of residents is very important to curb crime. We have incorporated Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) in our plan to better policing in the area and organise several awareness campaigns from time to time. We have to seek their cooperation in policing. Also, the police appreciate the fact that colonies have begun installing CCTV cameras to prevent crimes.

What are the other steps taken by Delhi Police to check crime in east Delhi?
We have been conducting a regular audit of policing in residential areas and markets. Apart from securing vital installations, the safety of residential colonies and markets is equally important. We keep meeting people to make sure they feel safe.

Residents believe that the presence of police can curb crime, especially street crimes. They also claim that criminals are aware of the picketing pattern and know routes from where they can escape easily. How do you plan to combat this?
We have recently started 'surprise pickets' in which the local police conduct surprise checks. We have identified areas where local police can randomly put pickets and start checking. These locations will keep changing every day. This way, we hope to curb snatching and other street crimes.

Multiple entries from neighbouring districts of Uttar Pradesh into Delhi is a major factor behind rise in crime. How are you going to tackle this?
Main borders are being covered with CCTV cameras and we are keeping a close watch on every vehicle entering the national capital. There are many small entry points too, which are being considered equally sensitive. There is a deployment plan for every border entry point and our men are present there to stop any untoward incident.

(Excerpts from Asif Mohammed's interview by Faizan Haider last week)