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Install security systems, builders told

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It's the best way to improve safety in apartments: Police Commissioner


CREDAI holds meeting with apartment builders

‘Builders ignoring safety and security of residents'


— Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Key area:Police Commissioner J. Purnachandra Rao discussing a point with CREDAI Visakhapatnam chapter chairman K. Subba Raju at a meeting in the city on Friday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) J. Brahma Reddy is seen.

VISAKHAPATNAM: ‘Visakha Ashwini Mrudula Safety Award' will be given to the builder who installs the best security systems in the apartments constructed by him, Police Commissioner J. Purnachandra Rao has announced.

At a meeting with apartment builders organised by the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) here on Friday, he said the award was instituted in memory of Ashwini Mrudula, who was murdered at Metro Residency apartments at Dondaparthy in the city recently. Had there been security systems like closed cameras in the corridors at Metro Residency, we could have caught the culprits long ago.

He said it was unfortunate that most of the builders, who were spending crores of rupees on construction of flats, were ignoring the vital aspect of safety and security of the residents. Drawing an analogy in the scenario between rural and urban areas, he said people in villages maintain close relationship with those living in their village and could identify most of them. On the contrary city folks do not even bother to know about their neighbours. It was no surprise that security in villages was much better than that in cities. Villagers also cooperate with the police in the identification of accused.

He said in these circumstances, the best way to improve safety at apartments was to install security systems for easy identification of culprits in the case of any crime.

He suggested that builders could include the cost of installation of security systemsin the building cost. This could be planned at the estimated 20,000 flats under construction in the city. It was not possible for the police to provide security at all the apartments, he said.

Chairman of the Visakhapatnam chapter of CREDAI K. Subba Raju impressed upon the builders on the need to go for installation of security systems.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) J. Brahma Reddy, Assistant Commissioner of Police (East) M. Krishna Murthy Naidu and CREDAI Visakhapatnam chapter president D. Raja Srinivas were present at the meeting.

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