There has been an almost 50 per cent reduction in the number of thefts reported in the city. The drastic fall has been due to better policing, said Commissioner S. George.
He provided statistics of the various kinds of crimes in the city based on the numbers reported by the Crime Records Bureau.
Mr. George told reporters here on Saturday that several preventive steps had been taken to curb crimes.
“We have intensified beat system even in the mornings. There is visible policing throughout the city and night policing has also increased,” Mr. George said. “We have to maintain policing through the night. Police will be on the rounds between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.” They are expected to report to duty only after 2 the next afternoon, he added.
A total of 1,200 police personnel including homeguard are on duty in the city. This is apart from the traffic police who are involved in vehicle checks, he added.
According to him, round-the-clock qualitative vehicle checks and patrolling had helped reduce crimes in the city. “In Anna Nagar, beat police have been instructed to visit 10 to 12 flat complexes and they are encouraged to have the phone numbers of representatives of resident welfare associations in each area,” he said.
As for cracking down on gangs in North Chennai, Mr. George said that the joint commissioner, north, will hold meetings with the police to identify the gangs and take action.