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Summer vacation? Don’t forget to inform your hsg society, cops. They’ll keep your valuables safe

In the past three years, the police have witnessed a spike in house break-ins in May when most families leave for holidays.

mumbai Updated: May 08, 2017 09:46 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
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A police officer said that the rising house break-ins are on the expected lines, given an increase in population.(HT)

If you are planning a vacation, make sure you inform your housing secretaries and the nearest police station about it to prevent house break-ins, said the police.

In the past three years, the police have witnessed a spike in house break-ins in May when most families leave for holidays.

This is the time of the year when burglaries rise and thieves are most active.

“The holiday season has begun and as usual we are seeing multiple cases of house break-ins,” said an officer from a police station in the western suburbs.

“This is the month that burglars love as they find many locked houses which they target. Nowadays, they have become smart and do not leave behind evidence or clues,” the officer added.

Another senior police officer informed that there are many gangs who come to Mumbai from rest of Maharashtra and India to commit crimes such as burglaries. They flee after committing the crimes. Every detection officer has been given targets to trace and arrest such gangs, said the officer.

A police officer said that the rising house break-ins are on the expected lines, given an increase in population.

“In a developed country, the police don’t even investigate burglaries. They just give a certificate for insurance claim,” said a senior officer.

‘Cooperation among officers can better recovery rate’

The Mumbai police could not recover Rs442.65 crores from burglars between 2007 and 2016, revealed a Right to Information (RTI) query filed by Hindustan Times.

Valuables worth Rs545.515 crore were stolen in the same period, of which just Rs102.86 crore was recovered — a recovery percentage of just 19 per cent.

The recovery percentage in 2016 was even worse at 15.95% while it stood at 20.94% a year before.

The Mumbai police are taking many measures to improve the recovery rate in burglaries.

Among them is an initiative called ‘Adhan-Pradhan’ under which detection officers from all police stations coordinate on criminals’ antecedents.

Deven Bharti, joint commissioner (law and order), who is in charge of all police stations in Mumbai, is sanguine that the coordination will improve the recovery rate.

He further said, “We are bringing other measures to improve the recovery rate.”

Bharati appealed to people who were leaving for vacation to inform the police about it so that they can tighten security.

He added, “Many burglaries take place during the holiday seasons when families lock their houses and leave for vacation. We request them to inform the nearest police station. They are requested to inform about the duration of the vacation. Accordingly, we will intensify patrolling in that area for the given time period.”

Bharti also said night patrolling will be intensified to curb the rise in burglaries during night time.

“Another step being taken to improve the recovery is to crack as many cases as possible at the earliest. Criminals have the tendency too splurge the booty. Detecting the cases sooner will help us in making more recovery,” said a senior officer.

Another officer said shortage of manpower is not an issue as it was the case in 2010.

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