Such is fear of burglars in Guru Nanak Dev Nagar of Haibowal Kalan that residents can't afford to even go vacationing.
What is more agonising for the residents is the fact that the police didn't register a single FIR despite the fact that burglars have struck in the area several times in the last three months.
Residents allege that despite numerous complaints, the police have not strengthened patrolling in the area. Interestingly, the Haibowal police station is just 200 metres away from the locality.
Disappointed, the residents filed an e-complaint at official website of the Punjab Police. The DGP's office has sent the complaint to the police station concerned, but action is still awaited.
PAU employee Sanjiv Kumar Sharma said that on June 2, burglars struck at his house and decamped with mobile phones, LED TV, laptop, cash and other household goods. "The burglars had even stolen the cold drink bottles from the refrigerator," he said. Interestingly, the members of the family were sleeping in the house when the theft took place. "We approached the police with a complaint on June 3, but no FIR was registered," said Sanjiv Sharma.
"We were planning to visit some hill station, but eventually we dumped the plan as it was very much possible that the thieves would target our house again," he added.
As per the residents, there were three burglars active in the locality. On one occasion, burglars were trying to break locks of a house and the noise alerted the residents. The residents pelted the burglars with bricks and stones, but they managed to flee.
Madan Mohan, a retired railway employee, said that burglars targeted his house on June 5 and decamped with a laptop, two cameras, Rs 18,000 and several other things.
"For the first time in 10 years we fear for our security. We are locking even the bathrooms at night, knowing that the police would not help us in any manner," said Mohan.
One month ago, thieves stole the motorcycle of Yadwinder Singh Ahluwalia, who had parked the two-wheeler outside his house. The police didn't register an FIR when the matter was brought into their notice.
Another resident, Mandeep Kaur rued burglars had stolen almost everything from her house on November 11, 2011. The family was away to Nanded Sahib at that time. She said her family approached the police with a complaint but the FIR was not registered.
Kulwinder Kaur, another resident, lost 200 gm of gold, 500 gm silver, Rs 15,000 in cash and other household goods to burglars on September 11, 2010. She alleged that even after repeated visits to the police station, the police didn't register an FIR.
In May this year, thieves struck at Saini Public School and decamped with telephone, books and cash.
When contacted, Haibowal SHO inspector Satinder Pal Singh said that they were investigating into the complaints. "The police had doubts over the burglaries. We will take appropriate steps after the investigations," he said.