MYSORE: Increase in the number of chain-snatching incidents and petty crime in the city has put the police on an overdrive to create public awareness on such crimes.
Awareness drives, which hitherto were confined to briefing the media, have been extended to schools in residential areas. Rallies are being conducted to create awareness among the public. These programmes are being conducted as part of the ongoing Crime Prevention Month.
Students of different educational institutions have taken out rallies raising slogans and distributing information leaflets among the public.
The leaflet contains a wealth of information as to what the public can do to help reduce crime. It contains a list of do’s and don’ts and exhorts the public to be cautious while dealing with strangers, to inform the police if strangers are seen loitering in residential areas in a suspicious manner, to cover the jewellery they are wearing when they are at public places or walking alone in desolate areas especially during the early hours of the day or late in the night.
The crux of the police message is that the responsibility for crime prevention lies not only with the police, but the public as well. The police have also sought greater involvement of the public in community policing.