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Monday, 21 December 2020

Step up vigil, patrolling strengthen beat system


Socio-economic issue created by lockdown

Robbing traders in broad daylight at their workplaces is a socio-economic problem created due to lockdown, which has rendered thousands jobless. Such people have no money to make their both ends meet. Now, penniless hungry persons are taking to robbery. The police must step up vigil in the city to prevent such robberies in future.

Capt Amar Jeet Kumar (retd), Mohali

Cops should be more watchful

The deteriorating law and order situation in City Beautiful has brought to the fore negligence of the police authorities. To ensure safety of traders, the police must be more watchful. Robbers must be given exemplary punishment to curb the crime in the city. Also, awareness must be spread about how to prevent such incidents. Prompt action of the authorities concerned to nab criminals can prove beneficial.

Shobhna Kalra, Panchkula

Connect CCTVs with police stations

The Chandigarh Police is not much active like before. The police must provide security at jewellery markets and areas prone to crime in the city. Patrolling must be increased in the city. CCTVs in market places must be connected with nearest police chowki or police station. This can help cops take immediate action if any crime/robbery is reported from markets in the UT.

Vijay Malia, Chandigarh

disturbing trend

Broad daylight robberies at shops in the city are indeed disturbing trend. It is unfortunate that the police have not been able to solve such cases. But the statement of the DSP (East) that the footage from CCTV cameras has helped them identify culprits in Sector 27 case and they will be apprehended soon should be given due weightage before blaming cops for the delay in solving case.

SC Luthra, Chandigarh

Deploy armed guards at shops

Armed guard should be deployed at every shop in city markets. As shops are in the close vicinity, guards can back each other and foil any robbery attempt. Also, guards can be taught self-defense tactics to deal with criminals. This would provide employment and ensure safety of businessmen in the city.

Mehar Khaneja, Chandigarh

Criminals have no fear of law

With the recent spurt in crime incidents in the tricity it appears that criminals have no fear of law or cops. They execute their plans as per will and flee from the crime spot without any resistance from the police. Efficient patrolling by the police along with frequent checking of vehicles particularly during late night hours can prevent crime incidents in the tricity. Police needs to take inputs from its intelligence wing to nab culprits.

Sanjay Chopra, Mohali

Lawbreakers don't fear cops anymore

The robbery attempt in Sector 23, in which a trader was shot at, shows that criminals have no fear of the police. They are able to commit crime even during broad daylight. Even minor robberies should not be taken lightly and accused should be punished. The police should do their duty honesty.

Harleen Batth, Chandigarh

improve police investigation

Thieves do not fear existing laws. Slow investigation and inadequate punishment by courts has emboldened criminals. There is a dire need to improve police investigation and change work culture in courts. All cases of thefts should be decided within six months. Maximum and harsh punishment should be awarded to criminals. Outdated laws need to be amended to meet the present day requirement of society.

KC Rana, Chandigarh

Strict Surveillance can prevent crime

Robberies and thefts are some of the weaknesses of the democratic structure of our country. Traders can make use latest technology for their own benefit. Surveillance is the best mode to curb crime incidents in the city. Traders can install day/night CCTVs at their shops. They should be more alert and try to observe and distinguish customers from criminals.

Charvi Tyagi, Chandigarh

Install more CCTVs in city

The police can control daylight crime by installing more CCTVs and deploying more cops in 'mufti' (plain clothes) in the city. The targeted group especially jewellers should install double doors with two iron chains at their shops like most banks have done. The Covid-19 pandemic has rendered many jobless in the city. Labourers, mechanics, domestic servants, painters, masons and others have no work. This has spiked crime rate in the UT. Traders can be advised to keep their own guards. The police should also beef up its intelligence wing.

NPS Sohal, Chandigarh

Create fear psychosis among criminals

The crime graph in the UT is going north. Policemen need professional training to handle law and order situation. They need to be equipped with modern and user-friendly equipment. The Police Department has to create a fear psychosis among criminals. Less cops should be deployed with VIPs. They should be assigned duties in police stations. The beat system has to strengthened in the UT. A proper mechanism of the police and civic agencies should be in place to curb crime in the city.

Rajiv Boolchand Jain, Zirakpur

All should remain vigilant

It is shocking to learn that criminals have no fear of law and order in Chandigarh as they are robbing traders in the broad daylight. The police need to be vigilant as well as strict in taking action against such elements so as to make residents feel safe in Chandigarh. Patrolling should be increased in all areas. CCTVs should be monitored minutely to ensure quick and stern action against criminals. Traders can have their own private security as practically it is not possible for policemen to be present at each and every spot. All should remain vigilant against notorious elements and report them to the nearest police station well in time.

Bir Devinder Singh Bedi, Chandigarh

Fast-track crime investigations

During Covid-19 pandemic mask is compulsory for everyone, but robbers use it to hide their identity. Repeated incidents of traders being targeted by criminals in the City Beautiful is upsetting. CCTV cameras can help police identify robbers. The police should fast-track investigations to nab criminals. Patrolling has to be increased in the UT. Private security guards can also be deployed at vulnerable spots to thwart robberies in the UT.

Adish Sood, Chandigarh

Round-the-clock patrolling can help

To provide safe environment for business activity members of market associations must voluntarily construct police booths, install CCTV cameras at vulnerable points, engage private security guards, put up barricades and light up dark stretches. The police must increase vigil around markets in the UT. PCR vehicles must patrol vulnerable spots round- the-clock in the UT. Cops should hold regular meetings with traders to sort out security issues.

Anita Tandon, Kharar

Reward bravehearts for nabbing criminals

John Galsworthy termed fear as the black godmother of most evils, but 'primus in orbe deos fecit timor' (it was fear that first made gods in the world). The police cannot be everywhere 24x7. Law should rule civil society. Erosion in fear of law and uncertainty of fast conviction, besides compromising enforcement machinery is responsible for the daring crime in broad daylight. Carrying firearms in public places should be checked more rigorously. Morale of criminals gets a boost when they escape without resistance. Jewellers and other traders especially those dealing in scrap and second-hand items should be warned against connivance with criminals in sharing booty. Traders should stay alert for their own safety. The Administration must reward bravehearts, who nab fleeing criminals.

Lalit Bharadwaj, Panchkula

Cops, security guards must collaborate

Increasing incidents of robberies in Chandigarh is a matter of grave concern. The UT police should enhance patrolling in market places. Suspicious people roaming in and around markets should be checked. At the same time, trader associations must employ security guards to keep a watch in market places. Cops and private security personnel can collaborate to maintain vigilance in the UT. Criminals will fear double checking by the police and security guards.

MR Bhateja, Nayagaon

Beef up security in markets

Broad daylight robberies have to be curbed in the tricity. The Administration should install CCTVs and beef up security in markets to prevent such incidents. Shopkeepers should be provided licence to keep arms and ammunition for their safety. An automatic door lock system with access to open from inside only should be installed in shops. Every trader must have CCTVs installed to keep a vigil on unusual activities in and around his/her shop.

Abhilasha Gupta, Mohali

Make sure CCTVs are in working condition

CCTV cameras should be installed at every nook and corner of the city. The Administration should ensure that CCTVs are in working condition. Large screens displaying view of markets should be installed at all public places in the city. Let the public monitor places themselves. The police should be deputed at crowded markets to make sure that nothing goes wrong.

Priyam Aggarwal, Chandigarh

Corruption is the root cause

Crime has been increasing in the UT due to negligence of the Police Department. Corruption is the root cause behind increasing crime in the city. Cops do not perform their duties honestly. They should not play a game hide and seek game behind trees just like traffic cops do. Vehicles must be checked thoroughly at entry points of the city. Politicians should not support criminals.

Sumesh Kumar Badhwar, Mohali

Install theft alarms at shops

To ensure safety of traders, the police needs to install beat boxes and CCTV cameras and keep round-the-clock surveillance by patrolling the market areas. Arms licences should be issued only after stringent verification. Persons carrying unlicensed arms must be dealt with strictly. The police should sensitise traders to hire staff only after proper verification. Traders must install burglar alarms that can be sounded by pressing with foot and can send signal for help to the nearest police beat box during robbery. Traders and residents should remain alert and help the police by reporting any suspicious activity in their notice.

Simran Sidhu, Chandigarh

Illegal weapons are easily available

A daylight gun point robbery attempt in Sector 23 is an eye opener for the police as well residents. It shows failure of the police. It seems all is not well with the law enforcing agencies. Easy availability of illegal weapons is another reason behind rise in crime in the UT. Criminals do not fear law. They know that if caught they will not be convicted due to poor police investigation. Chandigarh being a capital of Punjab and Haryana calls for more coordination between cops of the two states and the UT and joint action to nab criminals. The police should seek feedback from RWAs and NGOs regarding law and order situation in their respective areas and help when needed. Beat patrolling system should be strengthened. Residents should cooperate with the police.

Vidya Sagar Garg, Panchkula

Hold meetings of traders, cops

Daylight robbery is a challenge to the law and order enforcement agencies in the city. The UT Administration and the police should install burglar alarms and CCTVs in all shops. Traders can hire security guards to keep a watch in markets. The police should hold meetings with markets associations at regular intervals to solve security related problems.

Avinash Goyal, Chandigarh

Traders should hire security guards

Targeting traders at their workplace shows that robbers are fully aware about the weak security arrangements of their targets. To ensure security traders must install CCTV cameras inside and outside of their business premises. They can also hire security guards for their work places, which will instill fear among robbers. The police should ensure regular patrolling of markets.

Balbir Singh Batra, Mohali

Instill fear of law in culprits

Targeting traders in broad daylight in the UT is a matter of concern. The police cannot man each and every business establishment. In the present cases culprits have shown that they not care two hoots about the police and law. The police can instill fear of law in criminals by increasing patrolling in the City Beautiful. Traders should also deploy watchmen in their markets.

Bharat Bhushan Sharma, Chandigarh

Authorities to blame for spurt in crime

There is no denying the fact that the crime graph has gone up in Chandigarh. The recent two jaw-breaking incidents involving robbers targeting traders at their workplaces in broad daylight proves the point. Recurring incidents of crime in the UT brings the city police under scanner. There is a general feeling that laid-back attitude of the police has emboldened criminals to have their way without the scantest fear of the law. To check the growing menace of crime, the police need to intensify patrolling in the city, especially vulnerable pockets, bustling business hubs et al. NGOs, sector committees and civil society can play a pivotal role in checking crime in the city by keeping a track on the people with shady antecedents and starting a general awareness campaign among residents to follow suit.

Ramesh K Dhiman, Chandigarh

Incidents expose cops' inefficiency

The recent robbery incidents have exposed the city police and its efficacy in controlling crime in the city. Due to Covid-19 associated lockdowns many persons especially youths have been rendered jobless. They have started indulging in antisocial activities such as robberies and assaults on the trading community and others for easy money. All law enforcement agencies concerned should extend a helping hand to vulnerable targets, who are contributing to nation building during these tough times. City Beautiful needs to become city cafe too.

Vayu Vrishni, Chandigarh

People should keep vigil

The Covid-19 lockdown created unemployment at an alarming proportion. The crime rate also shot up in the UT. Jobless youths found an easy way to make fast buck by indulging in robberies, chain snatching, thefts et al. There is a need to smash the police, criminal and politician nexus. Intelligence gathering about old criminals and keeping tabs on their activities and hideouts has to be increased. CCTVs must be installed at prominent places in the UT. The police should gain confidence of the people by holding meetings with RWAs and NGOs. Criminal justice delivery system needs to be spruced up. People themselves at large need to be cautious. Cops must be equipped with latest technology to nab criminals.

SK Khosla, Chandigarh

Tricity cops must discuss law amp; order

Robbers are taking advantage of contiguous boundaries of the UT with Mohali and Panchkula to make a quick and safe getaway. The rise in incidence of crime can only be combated through more coordination among the police forces of the tricity. Besides higher police officials of the tricity must meet once in a month to discuss the law and order situation. WhatsApp groups can be created to share information about criminals. The police beat system in markets needs to be strengthened to curb robberies.

Indu Gopal Mittal, Panchkual


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