Don’t try to enter a colony carrying a screwdriver, iron rod or any other such tool — you may not be allowed in. A spurt in burglary in some of the city’s upscale areas has led the southeast district police to distribute photographs of “innovative housebreaking tools” to the security guards of residential colonies.
Guards in localities such as Greater Kailash, Chittarajan Park, Maharani Bagh, Kalkaji and New Friends Colony have been asked not to let any one cross colony gates carrying screw drivers, iron rods, wire-cutters, pliers and metal-cutters that burglars are increasingly using to break into houses, the police said.
“Investigation into recent cases of burglaries revealed that burglars entered the colonies in luxury cars carrying modern house-breaking tools for breaking locks without making any noise,” said Ajay Chaudhry, additional commissioner of police (southeast).
The police have increased patrolling and anti-burglary checks following burglaries in eight flats at Kalkaji’s Nehru Apartments and five flats in New Friends Colony within a week.
“There are three locks in my house and the burglars didn’t break any of them. With the help of an iron rod and a metal-cutter they uprooted the bolt and the latch,” JP Gupta, a senior citizen who lives in Nehru Apartment, said.
Burglars had struck at his apartment and three others in the early hours of Wednesday and fled with cash and jewellery. The neighbours who woke up after hearing suspicious noises, tried to chase the burglars but they managed to flee.
The police have also distributed more than 1,000 photographs of these tools among beat staff and patrolling staff, and they have also been put up at notice boards of every police stations.
“If anyone is carrying any of these tools, he should be stopped for checking. The burglars generally keep these tools in the tool box of bike or in the trunk of the car,” Chaudhry said.
Since burglaries tend to increase during summer months, when people go on vacations, the Delhi Police have already come out with a set of guidelines.
They are distributing pamphlets with a list of dos and don'ts to residents, especially those leaving the city for holidays.