Taking a cue from cycle rickshaws that would announce movies in the 1940s,the police have introduced a loudspeaker message system in their patrol vehicles in the northern suburbs between Malad and Borivali.
Starting Wednesday,the northern suburbs will hear regular updates such as: Nakli police se saavdhaan (beware of fake police),Holi pe mastikhoro se saavdhaan (beware of Holi revellers),Pakitmaaro se saavdhaan (beware of pickpockets and chain-snatchers) from passing patrol vehicles. Nine such patrol vehicles were pressed into service.
Citizens were ignoring the notice boards and booklets, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 11) Mahesh Patil.
I thought of this idea inspired by the old style of movie announcements on cycle rickshaws. A few months ago,during a temple visit,we heard announcements asking people to beware of molesters, said Patil.
The decision to launch the initiative on Holi day was not a coincidence,as police say molestation and chain-snatching cases are likely to increase on festival days.
It makes police presence evident to miscreants who try to take advantage of crowded places, he added.
Each van will have a sub-inspector and four constables.
Zone I and Zone II police in south Mumbai have made anti-terror awareness their main focus. Police in both zones regularly conduct drills,placing unclaimed baggage in crowded places and getting the bomb squad to examine them. Once a crowd has gathered,pamphlets are distributed and people are urged to be more vigilant.
We also use street plays and public address systems in patrolling vans to appeal for alertness, said DCP (Zone II) Nisar Tamboli.
DCP (Zone I) Ravindra Shisve added,We have launched a campaign to enlist the aid of all hawkers in our zone,effectively making them our eyes and ears.
In central Mumbai,a similar public outreach initiative was launched recently. We have allotted four-five residential societies to each constable in the zone and it is part of their regular duties to visit the societies and hold regular meetings with residents, said DCP (Zone V) Dhananjay Kulkarni.
The northern suburbs will hear regular updates such as: Nakli police se saavdhaan (beware of fake police),Holi pe mastikhoro se saavdhaan (beware of Holi revelers),Pakitmaaro se saavdhaan (beware of pickpockets and chain-snatchers) from passing patrol vehicles
Nine patrol vehicles with the facility to air recorded messages were pressed into service