The Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Nagar Third Cross Street Residents Welfare Association, Thiruvanmiyur, held a lecture meeting with the police personnel to educate and inform residents regarding personal safety and security issues on Feb. 24.
The meeting was chaired by the Association Secretary C. Kuppuswami, P. Deivasigamani, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Thiruvanmiyur and Taramani, and G. Chandru, Inspector, Thiruvanmiyur.
Mr. Deivasigamani said the public have a larger role to play in preventing crime incidents. The residents can shoulder responsibility by taking turns to go on night-patrolling along with the police during the early hours.
He advised women senior-citizens to be more cautious while walking on the road, in the wake of increase in chain-snatching incidents in the city, and asked them to walk in groups.
Mr. Deivasigamani asked the residents to install CCTV cameras in Radhakrishnan Nagar (First, Second and Third Cross Streets). The cameras will provide vital clues to the beat officers in the area, he said, adding residents fix a metal grill or collapsible gate outside the main door, which will provide visibility.
He also urged banks and educational institutions in the neighbourhood to install surveillance cameras, electronic burglary and robbery alarms, provide quality locker systems to the customers, and caller identification facility telephones to keep a tab on pranksters making hoax calls.
Under the orders of Chennai City Police Commissioner S. George, Chennai Police has decided to meet people in residential areas at regular intervals to make them comply with basic crime prevention measures, Deivasigamani pointed out.
In the aftermath of Hyderabad blasts, he pointed out that residents should inform the police if they come across any suspicious objects on the road or if a person is found to be moving in a suspicious manner.
The residents asked the police to step up night vigilance, install a dead-end signboard on Third Cross Street, and open a new check-post on the Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar Main Road connecting Thiruvanmiyur, Besant Nagar and Adyar. He responded by saying night-patrolling would be increased.
C. Kuppuswami said that the meeting organised to drive home the point that police is the people’s friend in times of need.
“We welcome the (CCTV cameras) initiative, take steps soon to install the same to reduce crime incidents like chain-snatching,” said Mr. Kuppuswami.
Pamphlets containing safety measures, telephone numbers of police stations and cell numbers of Deputy Commissioner (Adyar), Assistant Commissioner (Taramani), Inspector (J6 Thiruvanmiyur), Crime (J6 Thiruvanmiyur), Inspector (J13 Taramani), Police Control Room, 108 (Medical Emergency) were distributed to the residents to sensitise them on burglaries, thefts and other similar crimes. The exercise is aimed at sensitising people about the safety measures while staying indoors or when proceeding for outstation trips, Mr. Deivasigamani added. Earlier, a documentary film on crime prevention by Chennai City Police titled ‘Iniyum Emaara Vendaam’ was screened.
The Police-Residents’ Meet drove home the point that policemen are people's friends