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Police give safety tips as burglars get busy

By R.Balaji

VIJAYAWADA, JAN. 21. For the denizens of Vijayawada, there is some bitter news! If you are banking on the police for ensuring protection to your property and valuables at home, you are sadly mistaken.

The city police personnel have virtually given up their fight against `chillara dongalu' (petty thieves) stalking Vijayawada. With the city witnessing a spate of robberies and burglaries during the past few months, the police have literally asked people to make their own arrangements to prevent burglaries. They are neither able to identify the culprits nor prevent the offences despite having all the modern gadgets and weapons.

The Assistant Commissioner of Police (APC), Crimes, N. V. Naidu, issued a statement offering tips to people to ensure protection of their valuables.

ACP's caution

According to him the screws secured to the window grills in every house should be welded. Secondly, if residents are leaving the city on a vacation they should inform the neighbours and friends about the same.

The ACP's caution comes in the wake of the latest robbery in the house of an auditor, K. Mohan, at Maruthi Cooperative Colony, Patamata. The burglars decamped with cash and valuables worth more than Rs. 1 lakh. They tied up the residents before carrying out their operation. In another incident, burglars entered the house of one, G. Krishna Reddy at Srinivas Nagar Colony in Patamata, in broad daylight breaking open the lock and escaped with gold and cash worth over Rs. 1 lakh. "Let alone the police, even the gurkhas do not patrol our areas properly," complained Sita Mohan Rao, a housewife.

"We feel if the screws are welded to the grills, it will prevent burglars from entering houses by removing them," Mr. Naidu told The Hindu.

Modus operandi

He admitted that though the modus operandi in most of these burglaries were similar, the department was yet to identify any particular gang responsible for it. "We are working on various clues, though there is a talk that some local casual labourers are committing the offences," he claimed.

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