“I am scared. Our security guards act like mere gatekeepers,” said a resident of Cedar CGHS in Gurgaon’s Sector 54, not wishing to be named.
Employed with an MNC, the woman is among the latest victims of burglary in so-called secure, gated communities in Gurgaon. She was shocked to find that till she returned from work around 7 p.m. on Wednesday, no one had noticed that her house had been ransacked.
She said jewellery worth Rs 4 lakh was missing from her apartment.
She was not alone. On Wednesday, burglars gained easy access in three group housing complexes in Sector 54, broke open locked doors of 10 apartments between 11.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. and fled with Rs 17 lakh worth of jewellery and cash.
Since March 4, burglars have struck more than 20 apartments during daytime in group housing complexes here, busting the myth that gated communities with security guards and CCTV cameras round the clock are safe for your families.
Police said the burglars had taken only gold and diamond jewellery, apart from cash, on Wednesday. They had not touched any camera, laptop, etc.
Residents of East West, Krishan and Cedar CGHS with 50 apartments each on an average were shocked when they found out about the burglaries.
“The burglars broke the locks of four apartments in our complex and fled with around Rs 8 lakh worth of booty from two houses,” said Sunil Goyal, a
senior executive with a multinational telecom company living on the fourth floor of East West CGHS.
Goyal said Rs 5 lakh worth of jewellery was burgled from his house when his wife left the apartment for less than an hour.
“We are shocked to find that has happened in the presence of the security guard. I do not feel safe any more — neither for my wife, nor for my 4-year old daughter,” Goyal said.
Perplexed police officials, who have failed to get any clues regarding the burglars, have said that an inter-state gang of professional burglars that “specialised in such kind of break-ins” was on the prowl in Gurgaon.
DCP (East) Jagdish Nagara said, “Special crime investigating teams have been pushed into action but the residents are also to be blamed for not performing their part of verifying their tenants.”
On March 4, some car-borne burglars had struck in 1000-apartments Jalvayu Towers in Sector 56 and sped away with the booty worth Rs 12 lakh.
The CCTV recorded their images but they couldn’t be identified.