In a bid to curb petty crimes that have been on the rise over the last couple of months in the city, the police have started setting up check posts at the entry points of residential sectors and markets where such crimes have been reported.
The police said that barricades have been set up and vehicles are being checked to the ensure that the area remains safe. The exercise is conducted from 7:30pm to 9pm, after which the police team leaves for night patrolling.
Officials said that during summers, people mostly step out of their homes late in the evening for strolls or buying daily use items from their sector markets. The police said that their presence will discourage anti-social elements from entering residential societies and that they can take swift action even if such an incident is reported.
The police said that there is a high chance of nabbing those who are engaging in snatching chains, mobile phones and purses from residents in areas where such incidents have been previously reported.
The police teams began this exercise at sectors 49, 50, and 51, where several incidents of chain snatching have been reported of late. Residents were allegedly robbed of their gold chains by robbers at gunpoint.
Police officials said that during checking, the documents of the vehicles, including that of bikes and cars, are being checked. If any person is found travelling without requisite documents, their vehicle will be impounded on the spot, the police said.
Superintendent of police (city) Dinesh Yadav said, “We have identified the major areas where incidents of crime, mostly chain snatching, are taking place. The checking will continue to instil confidence among people (due to increased police presence) and see to it that the rate of crime incidents also declines.”
The other snatching-prone areas identified are sectors 18, 20, 39, 44 and others. In April alone, six snatching incidents were reported from Meghdootam Park in Noida in broad daylight.