In view of house break-ins reported at periodic intervals in and around the city, the police department is contemplating a mechanism to monitor locked houses, according to the sources.

Though locked houses may not be more in number since the summer vacation has come to an end, the police are reportedly thinking on lines of introducing a mechanism for residents to keep the nearest police station informed about their travel plans and duration of their absence. The mechanism to inform the police station in person or through SMS is not new elsewhere in the State, but the need for it did not arise in Erode where the crime rate has been quite low.

Night patrol

On their part, the police have intensified night checks across the district to check crimes. Motorists are checked at random, and fines are imposed in case of transgression of road norms. Fines are being imposed by patrol teams on motorists for drunken driving, rash driving, driving without licence, triple ride, speaking on mobile phones while driving and over-speeding. Police believe that the night checks were essential for crime and accident prevention. The checks are conducted during night time for three days a week. The patrol teams are informed about the days of night check and the timing of checks by the Superintendent of Police Sibi Chakravarthy at short notice.

The movement of the SP at the time of night checks is not revealed to the patrol teams. Mr. Sibi Chakravarthy visits the checking points in plainclothes.

This factor keeps the teams on their toes all through. The teams headed by Deputy Superintendents of Police and Inspectors consist of five to ten members. The visible policing serves as a vital factor in reducing accidents, and criminals who have a tendency to roam in streets under influence of liquor have stopped venturing out after night fall.

According to the SP, the patrol teams have been asked to be very strict with the motorists. “In case, motorists are found drunk or do not possess the required papers, their driving licence would be cancelled immediately,” Mr. Sibi Chakravarthi said.

Night patrol has been intensified across the district to keep crime under check