Residents of Q-2 lane in DLF City Phase 2 have been put under a virtual house arrest after three thefts were reported in the area recently.
Though the lane is used by several commuters as a link to DLF Phase 3 and MG Road, there are no security guards to man the two entry-exit points.
Fearing an onslaught from residents and the DLF maintenance agency after the thefts, the lone security guard here allegedly fled to his native place in Bihar.
As a result, residents of Q-2 lane have stopped moving out of their house after dusk to avoid leaving their houses unattended. Moreover, children living in the block also feel insecure if their parents are out for work or a party.
With no options to deal with the poor law and order situation, residents have been left to fend for themselves.
For instance, Rupali Dean, a resident of Q-2/18, even cancelled bookings for her husband's birthday party at a restaurant on Monday night.
"Vacant plots in the locality are being used by criminals to enter houses. Burglars do a lot of homework on whose unattended houses. It seems like a gang operating in the Phase 2 area," said Vandana Arora, a resident of Q-2/13.
On the other hand, the DLF management said they conduct task force meetings every month with residents to discuss plans to improve security, among other issues. "It is unfortunate that thefts have been reported. We are working on a few plans that will be implemented soon, such as installation of CCTV cameras. We will also deploy more security guards," said Rohit Malik, director, DLF Estate and Developer Limited.