Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 7) Sanjay Shintre blamed the spate of robberies on youths from poor neighbourhoods in the central and eastern suburbs. He said victims’ presence of mind could go a long way in preventing thefts.
Why is there a rise in robberies in the eastern and central suburbs?
There is a trend of youths from poor households who are misguided and led into crime. They have access to bikes and use them to rob people and snatch chains. Apart from that, there is no particular reason.
What are you doing to ensure the robberies are curbed?
We try our best to ensure that these incidents don’t occur. However, such crimes are spontaneous and we get to know of them very late. On an average, there is a gap of four hours between the theft and the complaint. Since there is no evidence left behind, all we have are the victims’ recollections of the thieves.
What can people do when faced with robbers?
Firstly, start shouting for help. At that time, locals would be in the best position to come to your rescue. Secondly, victims should make a mental note of the culprits’ looks or vehicle registration numbers. Lastly, they should approach us immediately so that we can alert police stations across the city.