After six chain snatching incidents were reported within half-an-hour along the Carter Road stretch on Sunday,the Khar police are now scrambling to fix glitches in Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras installed in the area and other sensitive spots.
Police realised that 10 CCTV cameras on the stretch were not working following the thefts and they are now looking to repair them before monsoon to prevent such incidents there.
On Sunday,between 7 and 7.30 am,six incidents of chain-snatching were reported at the Khar police station.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone 9) Pratap Dighavkar said since the crimes occurred early in the morning,they were unable to find any witnesses as none of the shops in the area were open. We have also not been able to recover the CCTV recordings because the cameras were not in a working condition, said Dighavkar.
He said the police are now finding out why and how many of the CCTV cameras are non-functional. We have assigned a police officer to get these cameras repaired as soon as possible.
Last year,after a spate of chain snatching incidents were reported from Bandra to Santacruz,residents associations and political leaders had donated around 70 CCTV cameras to be installed at sensitive points in the area.
KMM Prasanna,who was then DCP of Zone 9 said the maintenance of these cameras were responsibility of the police of that area.
The cameras are meant to be monitored at the station house of the police station under whose jurisdiction they fall.
Officers from Khar police station said the cameras installed are at both ends on the Carter Road stretch,making it difficult to capture footage of crimes occurring between these two points.
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