Indirapuram is Gzb’s new hotspot for street crime, Kaushambi next

  • | Saturday | 2nd December, 2023

Ghaziabad: If you live in Indirapuram, Kaushambi, Sahibabad or Kavi Nagar, chances of being mugged, especially after sundown, are more as compared to the rest of Ghaziabad, suggests the police data that maps different city zones based on snatchings and robberies reported from there.From January to November 15, Indirapuram reported the most street crimes — about 17.4% of all mobile, purse and chain snatching cases reported across the five zones. Till November 15, the area witnessed 105 street and armed house robberies. About 9.3% of such cases — or 55 — each were reported from Kaushambi and Sahibabad.While the three crime hotspots are concentrated in the trans-Hindon zone, one each is in the city and rural zones.Kavi Nagar, which comes under the city zone, recorded 48 cases of snatching and robberies in the corresponding period. This is about 8.1% of the total such crimes registered during the period across the district.Shalimar Garden, which recorded 39 such cases or 6.6% of the total, was the fifth most crime-prone area, as per the police data. Interestingly, on April 1, Shalimar Garden got a new police station to curb the rising crime rate.Bhojpur, with just two snatching and robbery cases, was found to be the safest for residents and pedestrians, followed by Wave City (five cases), Khora (six) and Ankur Vihar (seven).The police data also indicates that about 36% of the robberies and snatchings took place after dark, while about 19% of the cases were reported between 6am to 12pm.Morning walkers were the easiest targeted between 5am to 8am. Thirty such cases were reported during this period, while 24 such cases were logged between 9am and 10am.The criminals became more aggressive after sunset —201 snatching and robberies were reported between 6pm and 12am.Between 6-7 pm, 19 cases were reported. The numbers went up past 7pm — 22 cases from 7pm to 8 pm, 55 cases from 8pm to 9pm and 47 cases from 9pm to10 pm, and 41 cases from 10pm to 11pm. According to residents, most roads in crime-prone areas either did not have electric poles or the existing ones were defunct. Police have identified 30 dark spots in the Trans-Hindon area, 10 in the city zone and five in the rural zone. Commissioner of Police Ajay Kumar Mishra told TOI that most of the electric poles in these dark spots are not functional as a result significant stretches on these roads plunge into darkness after sundown, leaving them vulnerable to crimes. We have written to the department concerned to resolve it but the problem has continued, he said. According to police, 281 snatchers are Ghaziabad-based. Of them, 64 are active in the city zone, 76 in the Trans-Hindon zone and 141 criminals in the rural zone. Around 200 others cross into the district from nearby Delhi and Noida. So far, 565 snatchers have been arrested this year.A total of 120 PRVs and 186 cheetah bikes patrol the city. Every police station in Ghaziabad has its own PC mobile vehicles. We have also increased our visibility on the roads. We have also identified the hotspots of street crimes and will deploy teams accordingly. We also plan to form a special team in every police station to tackle such crimes, Mishra said.

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