The police have directed residents’ associations to alert the owners of rented houses/flats on the increasing cases of illegal activities being taken up in such houses.

This was conveyed by City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan at the monthly Janamaithri meeting held at the Armed Reserve camp in the city on Saturday.

“A number of cases of criminals renting houses and carrying out illegal activities in them are being reported. The owners should be vigilant against such persons. As a safety measure, the owners should submit the details of their tenants at the nearby police stations,” Mr. Vijayan, who presided over the meeting, said.

If the tenants were found to be involved in criminal cases, then the owners were equally responsible, he said. The police could take action against the owners until they were proven innocent during investigation. So, the owners should be alert to who was staying in their rented apartments or houses, he said.

A problem raised at the meeting related to parking. Mr. Vijayan said that this was a major issue as people were not concerned about the problems caused by parking vehicles on roads. However, stringent steps would be taken against those who parked their vehicles on footpaths.