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Security guards set to be combat ready

Panchkula police to train guards.

In a bid to curb the rising number of crime incidents in the city,police will train the security guards working at different sectors in the city. The training will start in a week’s time and the guards and the training module is currently being finalised.

The guards will receive training at the district police lines (DPL) Panchkula in a batch of 20 people and the training will be provided,not only on unarmed combat but also on the information gathering and observation. Commissioner police,Panchkula-Ambala range,Rajbir Deswal,said that the training will help check the incidents of crime in the city. He however said that police have also intensified the patrolling in different areas of the city due to which there has been a significant drop in the crimes in the city. “The incidents of chain snatching were particularly high and there has been a drop,” he said.

Deswal added that besides the training on measures of unarmed combat,the guards will also be provided training on information gathering,observation,handling of lathis and operation of closed circuit television. He said that this has also become important as the different resident welfare associations (RWAs) are also proposing to set up the CCTVs on the gates of different sectors and this will further help in boosting the security set-up in the city. “We have worked out a three-day module for the training and the theoretical understanding during the training will help the guards to maintain the security set-up,” said Deswal.

The proposal to provide the training to guards is also coming at a time when many of the residents are also taking the services of the private security companies at their houses to check the thefts. Deswal said that while the police patrolling has been intensified in the city with instructions to the station house officers (SHOs) to carry out the patrolling on regular basis,the cover provided by the trained security guards will offer a second line of defence.

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Police also in a recent meeting with the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) called upon the residents to fortify the security at their houses on their own as well. While police has maintained that it will try its utmost to offer the regular vigil,it has also impressed on the RWAs to also initiate measures for boosting the private security. They have been recently told to set up CCTVs at places where they are lacking.

Traffic drive launched

In the directions of the Commissioner of Police,Ambala-Panchkula,Rajbir Deswal,Panchkula police on Saturday launched a special drive against traffic offenses in the city. A total of 39 traffic checking points were set up in the city for violations and during the drive a total of 385 vehicles were challaned. Out of the vehicles that were challaned 245 were without helmet,135 other vehicles were challaned under other ofences of the Motor Vehicles Act and 5 vehicles have been impounded. The drive is part of the ‘safe street drive’ and will continue in the future also.