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RWAs working with police to reduce crime

Tanu Kulkarni
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USEFUL LIAISONS:Close interaction with thepolice can help arrest crime.— File photo: K. Murali Kumar
USEFUL LIAISONS:Close interaction with thepolice can help arrest crime.— File photo: K. Murali Kumar

Several of the city’s resident welfare associations (RWAs) believe that they can work with the police to prevent crime in their localities. Ravindranath Guru, secretary, Consumer Care Society, which is involved in welfare activities in south Bangalore, said: “The police are overburdened as they don’t have sufficient manpower: RWAs can play an active role in this connection.”

Keeping an eye

Anil Kumar, convenor, Ashwini Layout Residents Association, said that they have asked members to report suspicious movements or incidents to the association. The association has advised residents not to entertain strangers who come door-to-door for odd-jobs. The members meet every third Saturday with the police officials to convey any concerns or grievances they may have. RWAs have also been playing a crucial role in helping the police identify sensitive areas that need to be monitored by the police.

Mr. Guru added: “When the number of chain snatching areas increased in our locality in the mornings, we asked the police to patrol the areas during that time of the day. This helped reduce the [incidence].”

Senior citizens

RWAs in general feel that identifying vulnerable pockets and taking proactive measures in areas where there are a large number of senior citizens is the need of the hour. Nitin Seshadri, Secretary of 3{+r}{+d}block, Koramangala Residents Welfare Association, said that the association has a list of senior citizens in each street and has appointed a coordinator for each street. “If there are any problems, senior citizens can call the coordinator who will reach the spot as soon as possible,” he said.

The association is funding a police outpost in a playground in the area. Mr. Seshadri said that there was an increase in anti-social behaviour in the area.

“We asked the police to set up a police outpost but they told us they did not have enough funds. So we decided to set up a chowki where a police officer will be deployed,” he said.

Simple steps

Vijayan Menon, who is a member of S.T. Bed Layout Welfare Society, said that taking up simple steps such as making yourself familiar with the neighbours may be useful in tackling such situations.

Mr. Seshadri also pointed out that other steps such as fixing streetlights, collecting data of the domestic help and providing it to the police for verification and keeping a watch on the street vendors can go a long way in curbing the crime in the city.

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