Chandigarh’s business hubs  favourite target of snatchers: Police data
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Chandigarh’s business hubs favourite target of snatchers: Police data

Among the initiatives taken by the police is the verification of all recorded snatchers and intensive checking of two-wheelers.

punjab Updated: Sep 04, 2018 10:53 IST
Shubkarman Dhaliwal
Shubkarman Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Snatchers have increasingly been targeting the busiest sectors in Chandigarh’s business centres as more number of people gives them an opportunity to strike and flee within a few moments, taking the victim and others around by surprise.

A look at the police records of 2016 and 2017 and this year (see box) shows that Sectors 17, 19, 34 and 36 have constantly touched double figures of snatching cases, while areas such as Maloya, Sartangpur and Mauli Jagran have registered a few incidents.

An inspector of Chandigarh police on condition of anonymity said, “Business wise, these are the busiest sectors and this makes it easy for criminals to target the people. As snatchers attack all of a sudden, there’s an element of surprise which shocks the victim as he/she takes time to recollect their bearings and this gives sufficient time for snatcher(s) to escape.”

Police records show since 2016, 46 snatching cases have been registered at Sector-17 police station. At Sector-34 police station under whose jurisdiction comes 34, 45,46 and 44 and prominent private and government offices, along with education coaching centres, a total of 91 cases have been reported.

At Sector-19 station, which caters to Sectors 18, 19, 20 and 21, as many as 45 cases have been reported. Sector 19 is one of the busiest places in the city. Meanwhile, at Sector-36 station, 47 cases of snatching have been reported in three years.

In May and June, snatchers struck more than 10 times in Sectors 34, 21, 22 and 35.

Manimajra tops in peripheral areas

In Maloya, 21 snatchings have reported in three years. In the Mauli Jagran region, 12 such cases have been reported and in IT park, six cases have come to the fore. In Sarangpur region, 7 cases were reported during the last three years.

With 23 cases, Manimajra registered highest number of cases in three years.

Reasons for such a divide

SC Sagar (retd) deputy superintendent of police (DSP), said, “In the rural area or periphery not many people walk out wearing jewellery or have a good amount of cash in their purses. Another factor which works in the favour of periphery areas is that if a petty crime such as snatching happens repeatedly, the people unite and increase vigilance and sometimes take action themselves, while in urban areas people are isolated and community bond is not as strong or non-existent.”

He added that a huge gap has emerged in community policing. The connection between the police and the people is the weakest at present.

Baldev Singh, former superintendent of police (SP), Chandigarh, said, “This is a new trend that is being seen. Earlier, the snatching used to take place at secluded areas or roads and the main business areas were prone to pickpocketing. This could be because they find easy targets.”

Measures taken by Chandigarh police

Among the initiatives taken by the police is the verification of all recorded snatchers and intensive checking of two-wheelers.

Suspects are being photographed, along with their motorcycles. Besides, better communication with their counterparts in Mohali and Panchkula and day-to-day monitoring of the supervisory staff, action has also been ordered against people giving surety of snatchers who have jumped bail.

First Published: Sep 04, 2018 10:52 IST