Udupi, Dec 6, 2015: Udupi SP, K. Annamalai, on Dec 5, Saturday stated that public alertness, caution and cooperation could go a long way in preventing crime in the society. He was speaking at the inaugural function of Crime Prevention Month organised by the district police.
SP Annamalai said that though the Crime Prevention Month was being celebrated in December, crime prevention was a daily routine for the police. While the population of the State was 6.25 crore, the strength of the police personnel was 1.1 lakh.
This meant that there was one policeman for about 1,000 persons. A good State would have a crime detection rate from 60 per cent to 70 per cent. This meant that even in States with good detection rate, about 25 per cent of cases were going unsolved, he added. The Udupi district police had spent Rs. 1 crore on detection of cases in 2014 alone. The police personnel had to be sent different districts or states to detect cases.
The number of chain snatching cases was increasing as the price of gold was rising.
Women wearing gold ornaments should be careful while walking on the roads. The snatcher who wanted to snatch the chain would drive once on the road to check the woman and what she was wearing.
It was only during the second time he would snatch the chain. It would be better if women were alert and walked on the extreme side far from the road, making it difficult to reach chains.
It was essential that women called the police control room immediately after such incidents as it would help to track the culprits. But the police normally got the information nearly one-and-a-half hours after the incident, which gave enough time for them to escape.
People with independent houses leaving the town for long visits should inform the police so that the latter could keep an eye on the houses.