KARNATAKA

Fall in crime rate in November

Staff Correspondent

Patrolling, community help show results



Garuda squads may go up to two in each police station

400 community police officers have joined the police



MYSORE: The city crime graph has registered a downward trend though isolated cases of chain-snatching and robbery are still being reported from some areas.

Mysore, which had earned the dubious distinction of registering a record number of chain-snatching incidents in the last three years, has witnessed a fall in incidents of crime in November.

The police here maintain that its recent measures, especially intense patrolling and involving the community in crime prevention, are yielding results.

“The crime rate is indeed falling. Only a few cases were reported, especially those related to chain-snatching, in November, thus proving that our efforts are producing results. However, we shall not be complacent and continue to put in more effort to completely contain crime,” said Police Commissioner S. Parashivamurthy.

Strengthening

Plans are afoot to strengthen the mobile squad, Garuda, to intensify patrolling in new residential layouts. At present, each police station has one such squad. “The number of Garuda squads may go up to two in each police station since efforts are on to rope in corporate bodies to donate jeeps to the department for the squad,” said police sources. Likewise, the recently-formed “Cheetah” and “Cobra” — the policemen on fast-moving two-wheelers, are also proving to be helpful in containing crime. They are able to rush to the spot once the message, especially about chain-snatching, is flashed to their station from the control room.

New concept

As many as 400 men were roped in by the police to assist them in ending the menace of chain-snatching. These men are called community police officers. The concept of community policing evolved owing to increasing number of chain-snatching incidents in the city. The community police officers must own a motorcycle and a mobile phone. The police send SMSs to the officer when a chain-snatching incident occurs near his locality. The youth immediately go to the area to help police catch the culprit.