One way to prevent the theft of a vehicle,according to the Haryana police,is to keep it under constant watch,by the owner himself during the day and by someone assigned the job at night. The suggestion comes from Arun Singh,SP,Sonepat.
Another suggested measure is to block the thiefs access to fuel. This comes from the Jind police. And for tractors,the Jhajjar polices advice is to treat them as they would treat cattle: chain them up.
Over the past few months,the Haryana police have issued a number of instructions,advisories and statements on the best way to prevent vehicle thefts and various other offences ranging from robberies to traffic violations. Here is a sample.
From Arun Singh,SP,Sonepat,July 2012
The Haryana-cadre IPS officer says he has had an analysis done of vehicle thefts and found the reasons,after which he issued a statement to the media.
For vehicle thefts,the owners are primarily responsible…, he says. They neither keep an eye on their vehicles nor ask anyone else to do so. In fact,during the night,they park their vehicles outside their homes. This is a trend not only in towns and cities but also among villagers,who park their tractors,trolleys and other vehicles in open spaces. They dont keep an eye on their vehicles either,and thus invite thieves.
He cites the lack of sophisticated,theft-prevention equipment and says many owners fail to lock their vehicles. They should get additional locks; these days one vehicles key can unlock another vehicle and auto-lifters keep such keys, he says. People can also get GPS equipment installed…
No papers,no fuel
From Ashok Kumar,SP,Jind,May 2012
The SP has instructed petrol pump operators in the district not to provide fuel to anybody in a bottle or a can unless the person convinces them that it is for a vehicle that has run out of fuel and that he is the owner. The instruction is based on the presumption that thieves would be wary of taking a stolen vehicle to the petrol pump,which might have been alerted about the theft and could identify the vehicle. A petrol pump that violates the instruction can face imprisonment up to six months,a fine up to to Rs 1,000,or both.
The Jind police have also advised locksmiths not unlock a vehicle unless the client produces a registration certificate or other proof of ownership. Nor will any denting or painting job be done without similar proof.
No helmet,no fuel
From Ashwin Shenvi,SP,Hisar,January 2012
The police have advised fuel station operators across the district not to sell petrol and diesel to any two-wheeler rider who is not wearing a helmet. Also,once a rider has been issued a challan for not wearing a helmet,he will need to prove that he has bought one,bringing it with him when he comes to pay the fine.
Chained to safety
From Patram Singh,SP,Jhajjar,February 2012
The SP has issued instructions to all tractor owners in the district to buy iron chains and lock their tractors just as they chain their cattle in villages. He has also issued orders that special check-posts be set up at various road stretches across the district,from 1 am to 4 am daily,specifically to check for stolen tractors.
From Ashwin Shenvi,SP,Hisar,December 2011
To protect themselves from robbery and assault,taxi drivers have been instructed to insist on a number of specifics before taking any passenger. These include a photograph and identity proof,with address and numbers; the purpose of the journey and the reason for hiring a cab; references from two persons (again with addresses and numbers) living in the area from where the cab is being hired. All of it is be recorded in a register. The entries are not only to specify the start and end of the journey but also to include every halt along the way.
From A S Chawla,IGP,Hisar range,December 2011
Under a crime control strategy devised by the IGP for five districts Hisar,Sirsa,Fatehabad,Jind and Bhiwani everything that can be abbreviated has been abbreviated. CYA,for instance,stands for criminal you are after,CTBA for criminal to be arrested,UIDB for unidentified dead body,MIPS for missing persons,CAMP for complaint against misbehaviour by policemen,and AMU for alleged mix-up.
The overall strategy is 3-2-2. The 3 refers to a threefold strategy against criminals,or CYA and CTBA. Part 1 of 3 involves pettier criminals and part 2 involves 52 hardcore criminals,against whom 52 policemen have been put on a man-to-man arrest job. The third part involves creating a database of all criminals on the run.
The first 2 covers efforts to identify UIDBs and find MIPS. The last 2 involves CAMP and AMU. Complaints against policemen can be texted to designated numbers. So can any complaint about an alleged mix-up,which refers to alleged connivance between a cop and a criminal.