Despite the appeal made by Panchkula Police to the shopkeepers to install CCTV cameras in their shops in order to curb thefts,the shopkeepers in most markets of the city have not complied with the appeal. The shopkeepers argue that installing the cameras is no solution for curbing the thefts and that the police has to play its role more significantly.
C B Gupta,vice-president of the Sector 7 Market Welfare Association said,The idea of installing the cameras will not solve the problem. The police has to evolve a strong institution,then only will things change. Stringent measures need to be taken by the police to curb crime.
In the market in Sector 9,only seven CCTV cameras have been installed and that too only in jewellery shops. Despite measures taken by the shopkeepers,two thefts were reported in the sector where two cycles and cable wire were stolen. The police has been neither successful in nabbing the thieves nor recovering the stolen items.
In Sector 15 market,only 12 shops have installed cameras out of the total 80 shops in the market. Last December,cash from four shops was stolen after breaking the locks. While in sector 10,only three cameras have been installed out of the total 80 shops.
The highest number of cameras are in Sector 11 market,where 30 to 40 cameras have been installed mainly because of the presence of banks in the sector. The sector has 68 showrooms in all. The sector witnessed two theft in December last year where thieves broke the locks of a shop and cut the shutter of another by a gas cutter and stolen items and cash estimated to be around Rs 3 to 4 lakh.
The Sector 16 market which has 150 shops including SCOs,SCFs and booths have 28 CCTV cameras installed. While in Sector 8 out of the total 100 shops around 10 cameras have been installed.
B B Singhal,a shop owner said,It is the responsibility of the government and police to ensure that its people are leading peaceful lives without any threats. But nothing has been done for the residents.