The UT police have constituted special team of senior police officers to monitor the cops on duty during night hours. The move comes as a measure to keep night patrolling cops on their toes and further to fight criminal activities after sun down.
The inspector general of police (IGP), Tajender Singh Luthra has prepared a strategy for increasing visibility of cops in city and said that the aim to make the cops alert during night is to spread a stern message to anti-social elements who were committing crime at such hours.
Luthra said he had deputed senior police officers in a team to conduct night time checking in various police stations and at different spots where the police control room (PCR) vehicles were stationed.
He said that the checking was conducted at random to find out their alertness.
He said that he had also directed all the officers to put signals of PCRs and other vehicles on so that the visibility of the police vehicles should be seen at distance to give confidence to the public.
The crimes in evening hours like snatching, robberies, thefts and putting vehicles on fire and smashing of windowpanes of vehicles has turned out to be a headache for the city cops and the former UT adviser, Vijay Dev had also pulled up the senior police officers for failing to control night time crime in the city. Informing about the beefing up of the force at night, Luthra said that they would also do an analysis of the crime data to find out the trends in different areas so that the force would be increased as per the requirement in the specific area.
The police sources said that in periphery and slums, it was learnt that the robbery and looting at knife point were reported, whereas in northern sectors, thefts like those of heritage furniture from Government College of Arts, Sector 10 and heritage furniture from Le Corbusier Centre at Sector 19 took place, so the police would enhance patrolling as per the requirement of the area’s criminal activities.
The sources said the night patrolling remained under the scanner in city as recently the robbers targeted the ATM machine in Sector 7. CCTV cameras are installed across the city to monitor any suspicious activity round the clock, said IGP Tajender Singh Luthra.