Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police (Zone IX) said he has initiated a policy called ‘one cop – one chain snatcher’ in his zone with a view to deter chain snatching that has recently become rampant in the western suburbs.
Chain snatching incidents have become extremely frequent in the recent past. I agree. But the overall number of chain snatching incidents has seen a decline. While 237 instances of chain snatching were recorded in 2010, the numbers declined to 198 in 2011.
However, in the past two days, three chain-snatching incidents were reported between Vakola and Vile Parle. If you compare the figures recorded from January 1 to the third week of January this year with the corresponding period last year, you will find that both years have witnessed an equal number of incidents. So even if there hasn’t been a relative decline, we are working towards reducing the numbers
What efforts are being taken by the police to deter criminals particularly from this offence? We have initiated a policy called ‘one cop – one chain snatcher’, where each constable across the eight police stations in Zone IX is assigned a criminal who has had a record of chain snatching in the past six years. The cop monitors the criminal’s whereabouts, social relationships, and activities, among other things.