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Citizens say the need is vigilant guards, regular police patrols

The recent murders of six senior citizens have left Mumbaiites shaken and insecure. Surabhi Vaya reports.

mumbai Updated: Sep 20, 2011 01:57 IST
Surabhi Vaya

The recent murders of six senior citizens have left Mumbaiites shaken and insecure.

“I have read about the six murders in the past one month and now I am worried about my family’s safety,” said Hema Patel, 38, who lives in a housing society in Worli.

Patel, a homemaker, said her society has private security guards stationed at all the entrances, but she feels vulnerable. “They are supposed to keep tabs on people but they let everyone inside, whether or not they know the visitor,” she said.

Like Patel, Ashish Patil, the secretary of Royal Palms in Goregaon, has been feeling apprehensive since the past few days. “It is essential that people sign a register for identification. Installing CCTV cameras at entrances is also necessary,” said Patil.

Considering the lax attitude of the guards, his society recently appointed a security in-charge who is on the housing society’s payroll. “He reports to us and so ensures that the guards keep a strict eye on visitors,” said Patil.

Residents feel greater police presence would make localities safer.

“I rarely see police patrol cars in my area,” said Patil.

Sandhya Kumbhani, a 45-year-old mother of two who works as a human resource executive with a Malad-based firm, said regular patrols would go a long way in making people feel safe. “I come back home late at night and these incidents are beginning to scare me. My children are often home alone,” she said.

Kajal, 21, a final-year commerce student and resident of a Bandra society, said she hardly sees police officials in her area. “Regular police patrols will act as a deterrent,” she said.

Nisar Tamboli, deputy commissioner of police (detection) and official spokesperson for Mumbai police, said: “It is impossible to patrol every inch of every area, especially when personnel are required at Ganpati pandals. Citizens must also do their part by registering their domestic helps and not letting strangers inside.”