Residents of Sector 22 along with members of the Bharatiya Janata Party staged a protest outside the Sector 24 police station on Sunday morning against the rising number of thefts and burglaries in the area in the recent past.
“Last week, 22 car batteries were stolen in a single night. Incidents of thefts have increased and so has the confidence of the perpetrators. We have complained to the police on many occasions, but the crime rate has not come down,” said Madan Sharma, president of the residents’ welfare association (RWA) of the area.
Some members of the local unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party were also present at the protest.
Residents claimed that women in the area have been victims of an increasing number of chain snatching incidents.
“Chain snatching incidents in our locality have increased to the extent that it seems as if the criminals are claiming their own property,” said a woman resident.
Founded in 1979, the sector has approximately 2,500 plots and about one lakh residents. Many residents have given their houses on rent, thereby increasing the population to a great extent. The RWA president said that renting houses without proper tenant verification has made it difficult for the RWA to manage the population.
“Proper verification is not done whenever a resident rents his house to a tenant. Due to this we have no idea about the number of people who enter the sector. Most blocks do not have any enclosures with gates. Blocking the gates is an option, but that would disturb all the residents who use the roads and streets at all hours of the day,” said Sharma.
When questioned on the response of the police to the rising incidents, Neeraj Kumar Singh, station house officer of Sector 24 police station, said, “Our police control room van is always on patrol in the area. These cases are being investigated. Some thieves and kidnappers are already under arrest and we hope that we will be able to round up the others soon too.”