Earlier this month, a daring burglary in a jewellery shop located along N.S.B. Road, a prime commercial hub, sent shockwaves among jewellers.

Forty kilograms of gold jewellery and Rs 3 lakh in cash were found looted from the jewel shop located next to the police outpost.

Miscreants, according to police, had their way as the shop did not have a security guard and the camera was rendered dysfunctional as power supply had been switched off. Strangely, the main shutters were locked. But the locks were different. A complaint was registered by the Fort police.

Even as three special teams are probing the case, the city police authorities have involved all jewellery shop owners in a preventive initiative of putting in place precautionary measures.

Earlier this week, a meeting chaired by G. Stalin, Assistant Commissioner (Law and Order), Fort Range, had the participation of over 200 jewellery and pawn shop owners. Along with the Assistant Commissioner, a team of officials comprising R. Paravasudevan, Inspector, Fort Station; A. Kannadasan, Inspector, Gandhi Market; P.S.Chitra, Inspector, Fort All Women Police Station, and V. Thangaraj, Sub-Inspector, Palakarai, offered suggestions for deterrent effect.

One such was configuration of CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) with memory of recordings for at least a fortnight, and to have it fitted with UPS (uninterrupted power supply) device. The purpose of CCTVs will be served only if they function all through 24 hours, the jewellers were told.

The police personnel emphasised that the probability for theft could be eliminated in the event of jewellery and pawn shops functioning from concrete buildings without windows, and all doors getting fitted with burglar alarm device.

On an individual or cluster basis, security guards should be posted in front of the jewellery shops, the police officials said, expressing readiness to impart them necessary training. They also felt it would be safer for the shops to keep the jewellery in safety lockers at the time of closing for the night. The jewellers were also cautioned against keeping the day's cash in the shops, and to ensure constant maintenance of the safety lockers for their foolproof functioning.

According to officials, the response from the jewellers was encouraging. “While a handful of jewel shops already have these measures in place, the meeting served the purpose of sensitising the majority among them to responsibilities on their part,” said Mr.Paravasudevan.

Jewellery shop owners advised to configure CCTV with memory of recordings for at least a fortnight, writes R.Krishnamoorthy