LAW &ORDER Erode district witnesses considerable fall in crime rate, writes R. Sundaram

Erode is one of the crime-prone districts in Tamil Nadu and on an average, 950 crime cases are reported every year, including theft of jewels and cash. Most of the cases are related to house-breaking incidents. Last year, 745 criminal cases were registered in the district, which was 100 less than 2004. This month, 34 cases were reported as against 86 during the corresponding period last year.

"This is due to the night patrolling by the police personnel," said the Superintendent of Police, P. Nagarajan. He added that the Erode town had been divided into about 50 zones and for each zone, two police constables will conduct night patrol from 10 p.m. to 5.30 a.m. They have been provided with cycles, torchlight, whistle and lathis. The Superintendent of Police, Deputy Superintendents of Police and Inspectors will conduct surprise checks.

He said that he had instructed the shopkeepers to deploy night watchmen and accordingly, ex-servicemen, retired police constables and unemployed persons had been appointed as watchmen in commercial complexes and shopping areas.

Some criminals had been arrested during night patrolling, he added.

The SP has devoted his attention on traffic control also. Already, traffic signals had been installed in important places. Mr. Nagarajan said, "soon automatic traffic signals would be erected at the Government Hospital Road junction and the barricades would be removed."