Population up, so are thefts, break-ins
The Amboli police are yet to arrest the person who stole a bag containing Rs6.31 lakh belonging to choreographer Saroj Khan. The incident took place on January 10.mumbai Updated: Jan 18, 2011 02:17 IST
The Amboli police are yet to arrest the person who stole a bag containing Rs6.31 lakh belonging to choreographer Saroj Khan. The incident took place on January 10. The bag was kept in Khan’s car that was parked opposite Red Café on the New Link Rod, Andheri (West). The bag also contained her important documents, including her passport. Khan was standing close to the vehicle with her back towards it when the accused made way with the blue bag. Police suspect an insider’s involvement in the crime and have registered a case of theft against an unidentified person.
--Two unidentified men snatched a bag containing Rs2.5 lakh from Trilok Shah, 46, on January 10. Shah, a trader of electronic goods, had removed the cash from HDFC bank in Borivli to pay one of his clients. He was heading towards the station when two men on a motorbike came, snatched the bag and sped away. The duo was wearing helmets. No arrests have been made yet.
The incidents of thefts, house break-ins, and robberies have gone up in the western suburbs in the last two years.
The reason, police say, is because a number of people come to the city in search of job and to earn money through easy means, they take on to robberies.
The western suburbs consist of the areas between Bandra and Juhu and have a considerable amount of people from the higher income group staying.
“Areas beyond Andheri have developed and people coming from other states are settling down there. Therefore, the robbers assume that one robbery would fetch them a lot of money,” a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to talk to the media.
“Mumbai is a city of cut throat competition and it is not only in corporate sector, but every where. There is competition among the labour class also. The city is very expensive and in order to keep with their daily expenses, a lot of them take up to crime,” said Jaywant Hargude, assistant commissioner of police (crime branch).
In the last 14 days, more than 10 cases of thefts have taken place in the northwest region of Mumbai.
Many of these cases are still undetected. This is because, the police say, in many cases people involved in criminal activities are not history sheeters and tracking them becomes difficult.
But the overall detection rate of theft and robbery cases has gone up. Amitabh Gupta, additional commissioner of police (west region) said, “There is an increase in the number of police stations across the city. Registration of crime is also at a rise and the detection of such cases has gone up. The increase in such cases is due to the rise in population and the growing need for money in people.”