Special teams have gathered vital clues of suspects: DCP
The chain snatching crime graph appears to be looking up in the ‘Temple City'. Despite deployment of mobile patrol vehicles and claims of interrogation of some suspects, the offenders have been succeeding in their attempts, say police.
Police said that on Saturday, homemaker Pandima Devi (40) of DRO Colony, K. Pudur, who was returning from a nearby temple at Tallakulam, lost her 11-sovereign gold chain when an unidentified offender snatched away the valuable from her and escaped under the cover of darkness on a two-wheeler.
According to the data available with the Crime Records Bureau, during January and May 2010, the number of chain snatching crimes stood at 31, while during the corresponding period in the previous year (Jan-May 2009), it was 22.
“There is certainly a rise in the number of crimes,” a senior police officer admitted.
Among the crime-prone areas, S.S. Colony remained on top, where the number of incidents was high and ‘disturbing' the common man. Lone women are easy targets in interior locations such as Vanamamalai Nagar and DSP Nagar.
Though the police are given adequate instructions to be on their toes during nights and non-peak hours in residential areas, the offenders gave them the slip.
Commissioner of Police P. Balasubramanian had recently reshuffled police personnel in the city station limits and hoped to eliminate the menace in the coming weeks. Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) V. Jeyashri told The Hindu that the special teams had gathered vital clues of suspects who had involved in a couple of chain snatching crimes in the city and assured to recover the properties intact soon.