It's the time of the year when several Mumbaikars pack their bags to chill out at holiday destinations outside the city. It's also the time of the year, when burglars are on a roll.
Concerned with the fact that incidents of break-ins go up between March and June, senior police officers have ordered regular patrolling in areas under their respective jurisdictions. Apart from meeting residents in housing societies, cops will also be explaining them the dos and don'ts while they are away.
The police say there are new persons and gangs who commit burglary and hence it becomes difficult to trace them. A police officer said, "To burgle an empty house, all they need is a few tools. Until a few years ago, thieves struck mostly at night, but there are gangs that specialise stealing during daytime."
"In cities like Mumbai people keep themselves to their own space. In many cases, they don't even know their neighbours. Hence, when a theft takes place, they remain clueless until the police arrive," said a senior crime branch officer.
Another officer said there are gangs that zero in on flats first and keep a close tab on them before committing the crime. "Most of the people think house break-ins do not take place during daytime. While they secure their flats properly at night, they are lax during the day," he said, adding, "This is the opportunity that the housebreakers await."
Police further said that if one housebreaker is arrested, it helps them crack several cases. Also, the fact that beggars or petty thieves, who have no previous record, carry out most of the break-ins makes it difficult for the cops to track them down.
Some of the Dos and Don'ts
Alert your neighbours when you are going out of town.
Don't leave windows open
Ask your relatives to check on your house frequently
Keep all your valuables, especially jewellery in a bank locker or with a person you trust before you go out
Party time for thieves
Figures pertain to 2013, Source: Mumbai police