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BACK TO THE OWNER: Commissioner of Police K. Nandabalan handing over recovered gold ornaments to a woman in the city on Thursday.
BACK TO THE OWNER: Commissioner of Police K. Nandabalan handing over recovered gold ornaments to a woman in the city on Thursday.

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Simple steps in protecting valuables will discourage offenders from committing crimes, says Nandabalan

MADURAI: Stolen properties, including 194 sovereigns of gold ornaments, mobile phones, a lorry, two bulls and two-wheelers — all valued at about Rs. 30 lakh, were recovered and handed over to the owners by Commissioner of Police K. Nandabalan here on Thursday.

Speaking at a function got up to hand over the recovered properties to the owners, Mr. Nandabalan appealed to the public to take care of their valuables, both at home and while carrying them in public places.

Simple steps in protecting ones valuables would discourage the offenders from committing crimes. Even slight mistakes such as keeping valuables near windows and going to bed in another room, carrying large sums of money in public transport, forgetting to lock the vehicle in public places, and entertaining strangers at home might result in a bitter experience.

Apart from various special teams assigned with specific tasks, about 400 policemen and officers were on night rounds in the city which has a population of about 15 lakh, Mr. Nandabalan said.

Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple alone received around 40,000 devotees in a day and the number went up on auspicious days and occasions.

The city’s boundaries had also expanded with new residential colonies coming up. Already, the rise in vehicle population had compelled the traffic police to examine alternatives to ease congestion, he pointed out and urged the public to share information on crime with the police. “Your cooperation is essential, especially in crime detection. We will keep it confidential,” he said.

Fifth time

This year alone, the police had recovered stolen properties and handed them over to complainants on four previous occasions. This is the fifth time. The total recovery in 2008 accounted for Rs. 2.19 crore and this year it stood at a little over Rs.1 crore so far, he said.

Deputy Commissioners of Police J. Rajendran (Headquarters), P.C. Thenmozhi (Law and Order) and V. Jeyashri (Crime and Traffic), among others, also spoke on the need for public to safeguard their properties. The Commissioner commended the special teams and presented rewards to them.

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