Ordering a pizza? Make sure you aren't doing anything to rouse the deliver boy's suspicion. The reason - they are the city police's new eyes and ears.
Pizza delivery boys are now going to don the role of police informers. They will assist the police in zeroing in on housing societies where there are security lapses and suspicious activities.
In a bid to curb robberies, house break-ins and thefts committed by house help, senior police authorities have decided to take help from popular pizza and burger joints to prepare a list of societies between Bandra and Andheri.
According to the police, pizza and burger joints that offer home delivery services are an important source of information as their delivery boys have details of societies they visit frequently.
The initiative is the brainchild of Pratap Dighavkar, deputy commissioner of police, zone 9.
Policemen will be divided into teams of two constables each who will be incharge of about eight societies in their area. Their job would include visiting the allocated area at least once in a week. This, however, will have to be done with their routine work.
There are around seven police stations in zone 9 with over 1,800 police constables.
"When I was posted in Thane rural, I had tried the allocation of a particular area to one team," said Dighavkar. "It not only helped in better interaction between the police and the locals, but also in keeping a tab on criminal activities in that area."
Dighavkar said the mobile numbers of the constables would be given to the members of the societies to ensure easy access.
"These teams will instruct and inform the members of the societies as to how they can prevent thefts. For example, a simple way of preventing vehicle thefts is to install anti-gear lock, which is available for just Rs2,000. This information can be very useful for residents," explained Dighavkar.
"There would be delegation, decentralisation and accountability on part of the teams towards the societies they are guarding. Any crime that takes place in these areas will be termed as a deficiency on the part of the team incharge," he added.