In an attempt to curb the ever increasing menace of chain-snatching in the city, a special unit will soon be set up by the Mumbai crime branch to handle only these cases. The Anti-Chain-Snatching unit of the Mumbai crime branch will specialise in detecting and preventing chain-snatching incidents across the city.
Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria had laid special emphasis on bringing chain-snatching cases under control. The Anti-Chain-Snatching unit will consist of 4-5 officers from the rank of police inspector, police sub inspectors, assistant police inspector and around 12-15 police constables.
The special unit will maintain a database of chain-snatchers all over Mumbai, co-ordinating with the local police station about every such incident in their jurisdictions, detecting chain snatching cases and also, recovery of property. Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) KMM Prasanna (holding charge of Additional CP, crime) said "We have formed a specialised unit to handle only chain-snatching cases and we hope to get positive results". DCP Prasanna further added "The officers will be crack these cases and will also collate data on chain-snatchers in Mumbai and will also study the various modus operandi used by these criminals."