The police have deployed a large number of personnel in uniform as well as in civil dress in commercial areas such as Oppanakara Street, Raja Street, D.B. Road, and Cross Cut Road, to crack down on shop lifting and theft during the Deepavali season.
Police Commissioner A.K. Vishwanathan told reporters here on Monday that watch towers had been erected in these areas. CCTV cameras too have been installed.
The police were constantly making announcements through public address systems asking shoppers to remain vigilant and safeguard their valuables. Parking of vehicles was banned in some of the shopping areas to ensure smooth vehicular movement, the Commissioner said. Mr. Vishwanathan said that the police had received 355 applications for setting up fire cracker shops within city limits. So far, 125 applications had been approved.
The special teams formed by the police arrested four persons on Saturday on charges of committing thefts in the commercial areas. They were: Senthil Kumar, 30, a resident of Puliakulam, Kaliappan, 24, of Krishnagiri district, Ramesh, 40, of P.N. Pudur, and Saravanan, 32, of Kembatti Colony.
Following a string of thefts in temples in the city, the frequency of police patrols had been stepped up in localities where temples existed. Temple trustees were requested to step up security measures for valuables. The Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation, Coimbatore Division, had announced special buses for the festival season for the benefit of migrant workers in Coimbatore. They will begin services from October 30.
From Coimbatore, eight buses will be run to Chennai, 50 to Madurai, 25 to Salem, 45 to Tiruchi, 10 to Theni, and two buses each to Tiruneveli, Sivakasi, Chidambaram, and Rajapalayam.
The railway police have warned the people against carrying crackers and other inflammable substances in trains. Those found carrying such substances will be arrested.