More than three houses are burgled every day in Gurgaon with the police registering approximately 80 cases so far this year.
There has been a steady increase in the numbers with 1,140 house break-ins reported last year, 1,077 in 2014 and 589 the year before that. According to the police, burglars are active from 11pm to 4am and mostly target locked houses.
On Wednesday itself, the police registered two cases — one in Sector 57 and the other in Sector 45.
In the first case, thieves broke into Anmol Sethi’s house in Sector 57 early Wednesday morning. They stole valuables, including gold, silver and other ornaments, worth Rs. 2 lakh. Like in most cases, the engineer and his family were out of station when the incident took place. The police have filed an FIR and started investigation, inspector Amit Kumar, station house office of the Sector 56 police station, said.
In the second case, Sunil Yadav’s house in Sector 45 was ransacked when he and his family were in Panipat. The accused stole cash, ornaments and goods worth Rs. 3 lakh, the police said.
The police also registered a case of theft on Tuesday, wherein a man stole an Apple I-Phone 6 from a doctor. Dr Divya Singh was attending to a patient when the accused entered her clinic in Chakkarpur and stole her phone that was kept on a table. Before Singh could raise an alarm, he fled towards the main road.
Residents blame the police for not doing enough to check the rising number of burglaries and thefts in the city.
“We hardly see PCR vans and police personnel deployed in our area (Sector 30). The security guards are also missing at night. No one is taking action against the guards, who are not at their posts during duty,” Kavita Chhillar, a professor and resident of Sector 30, said.
However, the Gurgaon police say that it has stepped up night patrolling. “In many cases, residents forget to close the windows, allowing burglars to break in easily. Despite repeated reminders, residents and RWAs have not installed CCTV cameras in their areas, which is necessary for detection,” DCP (crime) Balbir Singh said.
According to records, of the 1,140 burglaries reported last year, the police could solve only 360 cases. “We have asked security guards to stay alert especially 11pm to 4am. This is the time when thieves target locked houses,” said Singh.