The eight incidents of night break-ins of serious nature in the city have prompted the Kolkata Police to issue an advisory to keep burglars at bay.
The message of the advisory: Dont invite the burglar; remove temptation Make the house look occupied.
The advisory urges citizens to install good quality locks,use intruder alarms,never leave notes (for family or friends) which a thief can read,never leave keys in hiding places around the door and leave spare keys with a trusted friend.
A separate set of directives have been issued for people going on vacations. Tell your neighbour when and where you are going and cancel mail,newspaper,milk supplies to the house, the advisory states.
It says that before going on vacation,people should reduce the volume of the telephone ring and request a friend to regularly clear the letter box,as an overflowing letter box will alert the thief. It also requests people to never leave the house keys with the car keys when giving the vehicle to the mechanic or using a parking station.
The advisory has been put up at the website of the Kolkata Police. A senior police officer said it was an initiative to involve the community to prevent crime and increase awareness. These are crimes which can be prevented, the officer said.
Meanwhile,not everybody thinks the suggestions are helpful. Some suggestions are good,but some are not practical, Bratati Das,who lives in the Charu Market area,said.
Some feel the idea to install a burglar alarm is outdated. In many cases,we saw the burglars disconnected the alarm before breaking in. Also,people usually install it on the doors,but the burglars often enter though windows and exhaust fan holes, a private security agency official said.