Residents not heeding warnings: Cops

Despite several reminders and meetings with citizen groups,police say residents of Bandra (West),continue to be slack about security measures.

Written by Megha Sood | Mumbai | Published: June 14, 2013 2:54:51 am

Despite several reminders and meetings with citizen groups,police say residents of Bandra (West),continue to be slack about security measures.

Bandra police said Madhuban building at Pali Naka,Bandra,where Nalini Chainani,58,was found with her throat slit,did not have CCTV cameras installed. The building also did not have any system to record visitors,with no register or any checks at the security gate,police found. The murderers were known to the victim and there was no forced entry,said police.

Cherring Dorje,Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone Nine) said the society had three watchmen,but none of them were at the gate at the time the two men entered the premises. One of the security guards saw the men exit the building and asked the men to identify themselves. One of them used hand gestures to indicate they were coming from the seventh floor.

“In spite of having an intercom system in the building,the security guard did not bother to check with the residents about the two men who had gestured with their fingers that they had been to the seventh floor. The security guard did not even ask them any other question. He did not even know that the two men were deaf and mute,” said Dorje.

Dorje further said that many other societies in Bandra are yet to instal CCTVs and put in place other security measures such as hiring watchmen,even after regular security meetings. The Bandra police had stepped up the community meetings after the incident of rape of a Spanish woman near Cater Road,in November,2012.

“The security guards employed by many of the housing societies are not from security agencies and the society members do not even have their background checked before employing them,” added Dorje. Bandra police said they would talk to the each society in the locality and insist that CCTV camera be installed at entry points.

megha.sood@expressindia.com

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