As the cold wave grips the city these days, thieves seem to be losing no chance to take advantage of the chilly nights.
The alarming rise in burglary cases has been keeping the police on its toes and has shaken the confidence of residents in the police and the law and order situation.
People are too scared of stepping out of their houses and over the past one month not a single day has passed without an incident of theft.
From December 1 to January 7, a total of 36 cases of burglary, including vehicle theft and house break-ins, have been reported.
As against 26 burglary cases reported between December 1 and 31 last year in the city, only 13, including those of November and October, have been solved. Out of the 26, 15 are vehicle theft cases.
From January 1 to January 7, nearly 10 burglary cases have been reported and the police are still clueless in all these.
According to the details gathered from sources in the police department from December 1 to 31, four theft cases in police division-1, two in police division-2, six in police division-4, three in police division-5, one in police division-6, two in police division-7, two in police division-8, two at Rama Mandi police station and one each at Navi Baradari, Bhargo Camp, Sadar and cantonment police stations were registered.
In view of the recent theft at four houses in the same locality on January 3, claims of the commissionerate police in regard to tight security have fallen flat.
The burglars had barged into the four houses in Quilla Mohalla and decamped with cash, valuables and clothes worth lakhs.
On January 2, thieves targeted a quarter in Canal Colony and decamped with valuables and cash worth Rs 5 lakh. The family of Sewa Ram had gone to a attend a party at a hotel in the city and when they returned home in the evening, they found the backdoor of their house broken. They found Rs 1.25 lakh and 10 tola gold ornaments missing from the house and later they informed Basti Bawa Khel police.
"There is no police patrolling in our area at night and it's difficult to leave the house these days," said a victim. When contacted, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rahul S said, "We have started night domination programmes in areas of police divisions 3, 4, 5 and 8 and even increased police deployment during night hours."
Asked about no progress in several burglary cases, he said that we have already got leads in some cases and, hopefully, there would be arrests in the coming days.
Division-wise registration of theft cases from Dec 1 to 31
Police division-1 4
Rama Mandi police station 2
One each at Navi Baradari, Bhargo Camp, Sadar and cantonment police stations