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A new crime pattern with alarming potential

There is a need for the police to employ the time-tested methods for crime prevention not only regularly but quickly, writes Marri Ramu

Organising crime intelligence network, keeping a tab on convicts as well as accused and analysing crime pattern are the time-tested policing methods for prevention of crime. In the backdrop of ever-increasing crime rate, it has become important to implement these methods not only regularly and but also `quickly'.

For example, it would be easier to prevent the crime if sleuths swing into action soon after one or two offences are reported. The victims will get little or no relief if the offenders are arrested after a series of crimes are committed, since recovery of stolen cash is difficult. Recently, two offences committed with a similar modus operandi had missed the attention of the detectives.

If ignored, this new crime pattern seems to have the potential of becoming a menace for both people and the police alike. On August 9 morning, noted lyricist Veturi Sundara Ramamurthy was passing by Lakdikapool in his car when a pedestrian suddenly picked up an argument with the driver accusing the latter of rash driving.

Con game

When Mr. Murthy, who was sitting in the front seat, turned his head towards the stranger to see what went wrong, another youth came from behind and snatched his mobile phone from the car. Before the writer and his driver could realise what happened, the two offenders ran away.

Four days later, a bag containing Rs. 23,000 was stolen in a similar fashion from a car near Paradise e-Seva centre. Two men obstructed the car accusing its driver of hitting them and ran away after snatching the bag from the dashboard.

"There definitely seems to be a connection between the two incidents going by the modus operandi. But, there is no system in city police to study the crime pattern closely," a police officer observed.

A few months ago, similar cases were reported in the Saifabad police station area. Initially, investigators did not suspect involvement of the same gang in such offences. It was only when they examined the incoming and outgoing calls of the stolen mobile did they realise that the offenders hailed from a northern state. However, they could not be nabbed till now.

A spree of snatching bracelets from men riding two-wheelers during the nights was reported a year ago in different parts of the city. Despite a specific pattern in offences, police failed to notice involvement of same offenders. Subsequently, the Saifabad police rounded up two persons _ Wasim and Amjad _ who confessed to nearly 30 such snatchings.

Recently, the Cyberabad police nabbed members of the notorious Telagapamula gang after observing some common features in three robberies committed in and around Saroornagar. "Examination of the entry sints into the houses looted, clothes worn by the offenders and their accent suggested involvement of Telagapamula gang which made our job easier," a police officer explained.

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