Despite tall claims by authorities, Noida continues to remain unsafe for residents. Most cases of stalking, chain snatching, robbery and molestation have been reported from busy markets and residential areas.
This demonstrates a total lack of fear of the law by perpetrators.
Residents believe one of the major reasons for the spurt in crime is the fact that police personnel are just not visible.
There are just 72 police control room vans and 166 motorcycles in the district for policing a population of 16 lakh.
Residents say they feel unsafe about stepping out after dark since there are many areas which are prone to crime.
“My daughter would get back home late from coaching classes, so we have started sending her brother to pick and drop her,” said Kiran Singh, a resident in sector 24.
“There is no patrolling at all and the police take a lot of time to respond. They take at least 30 minutes to respond to a distress call,” said Munna Sharma, a resident of Sector 71.
Meanwhile, the police claim that they have marked 84 vulnerable spots in Noida that are crime-prone.
“These areas need additional attention. We have deployed patrolling vehicles there. Even special checking drives are conducted,” said Yogesh Singh, superintendent of police.
In an interview, Preetinder Singh, SSP, Gautam Budh Nagar told Hindustan Times that, "We have acute shortage of personnel, yet try to use our resources well."
Why can’t PCR vans or police personnel be seen on the streets of the city?
We have an acute shortage of personnel, but still try to utilise our limited resources. We ensure the deployment of PCR vans at all market places, residential areas, schools and industrial sectors.
Several cases of crime and accidents have taken place on the Greater Noida expressway, yet police don’t seem to be focusing on the stretch. Why?
We are concerned about safety and security on the e-way. Recently, police have taken time to respond to accidents. In order to improve the situation, we held a series of meetings with the Noida authority. This month, we’ll get eight cars to patrol on both sides of the expressway as well as a crane and an ambulance.
What steps have been taken to increase police presence?
We have made a demand for 4,000 personnel, but getting them may take some time. Currently, we take help of the Noida authority and private agencies for security. We have 10 security guards at each Metro station. There are many security marshals to maintain traffic during the peak hours.