When barricades go up,crime rate comes down: Study

Police personnel in the city will now be seen on roads more often,than at police stations.

Written by Ishfaq Naseem | Panchkula | Published: April 20, 2013 2:46 am

Police personnel in the city will now be seen on roads more often,than at police stations. A pilot study carried out on the directions of Haryana Director General of Police (DGP) S N Vashistha showed that the rate of crime had declined in the city when barricades were set up. The Haryana Police has decided to put up barricades regularly.

The study that was carried out in the Panchkula-Ambala commissionerate under the supervision of Commissioner Rajbir Deswal found that cost of putting up barricades was less than that which was made on working out crime cases in the city that occurred due to the absence of police barricades in the city.

The study was carried out jointly by Panchkula Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ashwin Shenvi,DCP Ambala (rural) Naazneen Bhasin and DCP Ambala (urban) Ashok Kumar. Deswal said that the study found that putting barricades was more economical. He added,“In order to curb incidents of crime in the city,police will set up barricades every month for two to three days in the city. Apart from the barricades that are being set up on need basis,like we did during Navratras at the Mata Mansa devi complex,we will put up barricades regularly”.

The police study showed that the cost of keeping police personnel on the streets was in fact less,than what would be spent on solving the cases in the city. “We have adopted a concept of asking and accounting from the West. We have also initiated a flush-out operation,in which police personnel will visit crime-prone areas in the city,” he said.

Police put up barricades from March 9 to 12 at different spots in the Panchkula-Ambala Commissionerate. In the Commissionerate,as many as 38 robberies and dacoties took place in 2012,15 incident this year,six in the past four weeks,and two when barricades were set up. In 2012,181 cases of snatching were reported,45 in 2013 so far,20 in the past four weeks and two when the barricades were put up.

Working out manpower and infrastructure requirement,the police study found that on setting up 10 barricades in each district for 24-hours,the cost worked out to around Rs 19 lakh per month. For the barricades set up on permanent basis,the study revealed that a dedicated office infrastructure of one-room office,computers,vehicles,barracks and mess,apart from manpower in the form of personnel provided by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and deployment of police officers were required.

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