Crime prevention: DCP focuses on public-Police partnership
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Crime prevention: DCP focuses on public-Police partnership

December 13, 2023

‘72 chain-snatchings in 2022, 12 to 13 in 2023; cases less as most criminals are in jail’

Mysore/Mysuru: In fostering a secure and harmonious society, it is imperative for the public to actively cooperate with the Police in detecting and preventing crime, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) – Law and Order, M. Muthuraj.

“This public-Police collaborative approach forms the bedrock of a community-centric strategy to enhance safety, contributing to the overall well-being of individuals and the collective fabric of society,” he said. The DCP was speaking to ‘Beat Citizen Committee Members’ from Krishnaraja (KR) Sub-Division, Lakshmipuram Police Station at the Institution of Engineers-India (IEI) in city last evening. The event was organised as part of the ongoing ‘Crime Prevention Month.’

The Police play a pivotal role in maintaining public order and safety and to implement the provisions of the Constitution. However, their effectiveness is significantly amplified when they receive active cooperation from the community. “By forging a partnership with the public, the Police gain valuable insights, local knowledge and a network of vigilant eyes and ears that collectively act as an effective mechanism in crime prevention,” Muthuraj added.

Timely reporting of suspicious activities

One of the fundamental ways the public can contribute is through timely reporting of suspicious activities or individuals. “You are often the first witnesses to potential criminal behaviour and your vigilance can be instrumental in thwarting criminal activities before they escalate. Informing suspicious activities at local level, mohallas and also roads will go a long way in curbing crime,” Muthuraj said.

Engaging in community watch, neighbourhood patrols, and maintaining open lines of communication with the Police fosters a sense of shared responsibility for public safety, he said. “When a person approaches your house seeking rental accommodation, the jurisdictional Police can verify the antecedents of that person for Rs. 620. This will save a lot of future trouble,” the DCP said.

Chain-snatching cases decreases

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In 2022, 72 chain-snatching incidents were within the Mysuru city limits and all the cases have been cracked and the perpetrators have been sent to jail. In 2023, 12 to 13 chain-snatching cases have been booked. “Cases are less in 2023, as most of the chain-snatchers are behind bars and there is no one to continue the trade,” Muthuraj noted.

He asked women not to wear gold ornaments while stepping outside their houses and to cover themselves with scarves, to protect themselves from chain-snatching bids. “We request people, especially those who go out for morning walks, to not wear gold jewellery and carry precious items along with them, as it may attract miscreants and chain-snatchers. Cover yourselves properly with scarves to conceal the jewellery and other valuable items,” he said.

Good touch and bad touch

In the wake of increasing child molestation and sexual exploitation cases, the DCP advised parents to demonstrate a vital lesson on distinguishing between good touch and bad touch.

“Parents must act with the utmost sensitivity and care and demonstrate various touches to educate children about what constitutes appropriate and inappropriate physical contact. This essential lesson empowers children with knowledge that can help protect them from potential harm and abuse,” he added.

Never share OTP

Muthuraj said that one must stay vigilant against offers promising quick money or attractive rewards. Legitimate opportunities are rarely too good to be true and usually require effort and time.

“If you come across part-time job offers or work-from-home opportunities, verify the legitimacy of the company and their contact information. Scammers often use fake job offers to lure victims. It is crucial to raise awareness about online fraud and take necessary precautions to protect oneself from falling victim to such scams. Never share sensitive information with unknown individuals, verify the authenticity of communication from banks or organisations and report suspicious activities immediately,” he added.

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KR ACP S.E. Gangadharaswamy, Lakshmipuram Inspector Ravishankar, Ashokapuram Inspector Ramesh & Kuvempunagar Inspector Arun were present.

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