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Delhi goes from ‘crime capital’ to safest city

For the first time in many years, Delhiites felt safe in the city. During the Commonwealth Games, people did not have to think twice before venturing out on the roads, which is notorious for its crime rate.

delhi Updated: Oct 21, 2010 00:33 IST
Karan Choudhury

For the first time in many years, Delhiites felt safe in the city. During the Commonwealth Games, people did not have to think twice before venturing out on the roads, which is notorious for its crime rate.

Courteous policemen, safe roads for women and no incidents of snatching helped the city boast of the lowest crime graph ever.

In a city where people had made peace with the rising crime rate, the Games were a test for both the government and the common man to ensure and maintain tight security.

“Delhiites behaved exceptionally well during the Games. Our police force also followed ‘zero tolerance’ policy and was able to take care of most situations in a courteous manner,” said YS Dadwal, Delhi police commissioner.

Delhiites did behave well and it took more than 50, 000 men from almost every security agency to make them do so. During the Games, there was a Delhi Police personnel deployed at every 10 metres in the city.

“Since the Games, I have been able to step out of my home without the fear of my chain getting snatched. Now, I have stopped covering my chain with a stole when I leave home as security is much better now,” said Garima Rajput, a resident of Parivartan Apartments in East Delhi.

The crime graph, too, went down at a staggering rate. Instant action became the name of the game. “A lot many factors worked for us. People were helpful towards us and manpower was not an issue. We detained snatchers, proclaimed offenders and other criminals ahead of the Games. All these factors helped in keeping our areas safe,” said deputy commissioner of police (West) Sharad Aggarwal.

But the biggest concern in the minds of the people is can this level of security be maintained. “The last few days have been great. But the Delhi Police had 50, 000 men to guard the city. Now a sizable number of them have gone back. How will they manage things now? I hope the snatchers and robbers are not back on the streets again,” said Anshul Sisodia, a resident of Lajpat Nagar-II.

Though their manpower may have reduced after the Games, but Delhi police is taking measures to ensure security situation doesn’t worsen now.

The Delhi Police had recruited

12,000 additional personnel at various posts for the Games. These men will now be posted at different police stations. There are a total of 156 police stations in the city and the number is set to increase. The police are also planning to increase the number of beat constables in the city and the crackdown on organised gangs of snatchers will continue to lower the problem of street crime.

‘Delhi behaved really well’

New Delhi: Delhiites have shown a remarkable change in their attitude. Things have changed for the better. There has been a huge dip in the number of crimes in the city. The crime graph has gone down. There was a 47 per cent drop in heinous crimes. The total crime rate came down by 24 per cent.

I hope things become better in the days to come. The best example of an average Delhiite changing is the fact that only 2,291 people were fined in the past fortnight for driving on the dedicated lanes. The police personnel guarding the Games venues and the Village have also learnt to speak politely and deal with public with a smile.

Delhiites behaved really well during the Games. Our police force also followed 'zero-tolerance' policy and were able to take care of most situations in a polite manner come what may. More people used public transport, helping us in maintaining the traffic well.

I sincerely hope this is not a temporary change and remains forever. People must drive in lanes, must not park cars in non-parking areas and should not jump red lights.

As told to Karan Choudhury

CASE STUDIES

Cops are courteous now

The city changed in the last fortnight. There was better lighting on the streets, police personnel at every corner. All this made us feel a lot safer. Otherwise the area we live in is always deserted and venturing out at night is a little scary. But in the last few days, women in the area could go out of their houses alone without any fear.

There have been no cases of snatching or burglary among other crimes. All this proves that the Delhi Police can deliver. All it takes is proper planning on their part. Agreed there were thousands of policemen on the streets of the city but I am sure that if they change the way they work, the crime graph can go further down.

Even the way they speak to us, deal with problems has changed. They have become a lot more courteous.

Roads were never so safe

I had never seen so many policemen in my life. I had the night shift as a Games volunteer but orking till late night never became an issue. The roads were safe. The police presence helped in making the streets safer. Earlier, I used to be wary of venturing out at night alone, but during the Games it changed.

The police control room vans were present at almost every street corner. They were always there to help us every time we faced any sort of problem. Earlier, I never used to see them around.

During the Games, I never was worried about my safety or the safety of my friends because I knew they were there. I hope it continues or otherwise the things would be back to square one.

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