Coimbatore

Police step up vigilance to prevent chain snatchings

No cases have been reported in the last 10 days

Though the city police faced a tough time with at least one case of chain snatching getting reported in every three days in first three months, some of the preventive measures have yielded results.

According to police, preventive measures ranging from arrests of history-sheeters to extensive patrolling were found effective and no cases have been reported in the last 10 days.

“Based on the direction of Police Commissioner K. Periaiah, all stations had collected details of persons involved in chain snatching in the city in the last five years. Those who were found active in property offences were arrested under Section 399 of the IPC (Making preparation to commit dacoity),” said P. Perumal Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), Coimbatore city.

Apart from preventive arrests, visible policing and patrols were intensified in the city.

The patrols are being conducted between 5 a.m. - 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. in areas where more chain snatching cases were reported. As per statistics available with the city police, 30 chain snatching cases were reported in the last three months from January this year. Of these, the police could detect 20 cases and recover chains snatched by offenders.

As per data collected by the police, 147 persons involved in chain snatching in the city in the last five years. Coimbatore East and West divisions had witnessed highest number of chain snatching cases in the period. The police are also mooting to create history sheet of persons involved in more than two offences, especially property offences like chain snatching, robbery and housebreaking.

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