Staff Reporter

Move to check house-breaking incidents

Crime police to be relieved of law and order duties

People told to take precautionary measures

VISKAHAPATNAM: Police Commissioner N. Sambasiva Rao has said that efforts are being made to double the crime beats in view of the growing incidence of house-breakings and thefts in the city.

Addressing a media conference here on Friday, he said that in the last one month there were seven house-breakings during daytime, 55 during night and 65 vehicles were stolen. A decision was taken to double the crime beats to the extent possible. It was observed that the maximum house-breakings were reported from II, III, IV and V Town police stations.

The crime police would be relieved of Law and Order (L & O) duties and, if necessary, Armed Reserve (AR) police personnel would also be utilised for crime duties. Inspectors of the crime-prone police stations would also be relieved of L & O duties. This would be implemented from Friday for 15 days initially after which it would be reviewed.

Mr. Sambasiva Rao said that house-breakings during the day were mostly being done in the houses of employees or those who had gone on long vacations. He appealed to people to inform the police when the house would be locked all through the day or when the family goes out on vacation. Extra vigil would be kept on these houses.He also cautioned them not to leave valuables in the safe. Referring to the case of a bank depositor being relieved of Rs. 4 lakhs on Thursday, he said it was suspected to be the work of Cap Morris gang. The victim Ramanjaneyulu withdrew the amount from the Andhra Bank branch at Maddilapalem and put the cash on the seat.

Someone approached him and told him that the petrol tank of his car was leaking. Not realising that the man was trying to divert his attention, Mr. Ramanjaneyulu stepped out of the car and within seconds another man came on a scooter, snatched the cash bag and fled.

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