DLF phase 5: Where criminals fear to tread
With 22 close circuit cameras, an entire army of guards, a quick response team comprising SUVs, patrol bikes, the security parameters in DLF Phase 5 would give any top security agency a run for its money. HT reports.india Updated: May 13, 2013 10:57 IST
In sharp contrast to the grim security situation across the city, there is a locality in Gurgaon that epitomises the phrase 'fortress like security'.
With 22 close circuit cameras, an entire army of guards, a quick response team (QRT) comprising two SUVs, four patrol bikes, two horse-mounted personnel, two sniffer dogs, two fire-fighters and a sophisticated control room, the security parameters in DLF Phase 5 would give any top security agency a run for its money.
DLF started its private security initiative in Phase 5 last year. "In the last one year, we have saved more than 50 lives, including those of road accident victims and beggars," said DS Malik, the head of security set-up in the posh locality.
The wireless camera network here is powerful enough to zoom into vehicles' number plates; ambulances stand by in case of any accident; dogs patrol streets at busy hours; mounted guards are ever-ready to chase miscreants even on the inhospitable terrains of Gurgaon - the private security initiative here has really made a difference to the lives of people.
Angie Walia and Mike Dhall, a couple living in the locality, is one such happy example.
"We moved to this area just because it is free of crime. The security it accords cannot be found anywhere else in the city. We no more worry about our kids when they go out to play. They are as safe at home as in the neighbourhood as there is someone always watching over them," says Mike.
The difference is also obvious in the crime figures. Out of the 85 cases of snatching reported in 2013, just one was reported from DLF Phase 5.
So is private police force next in the offing? "No," says Malik.
"We are here to complement and not replace the police. The live feed of our cameras are available at the office of the joint commissioner of police," he added.
DLF has also developed its own fire-fighting capacities. "We have imported fire-fighting vehicles that can rescue people from a height of over 125 metre.
These are the only such vehicles in India," said HC Sihag, senior manager, DLF's fire and safety department.