Considering upcoming marriage season and increasing thefts cases at wedding halls in the city, the top brass police officers of Pune police have made mandatory for marriage halls owners to install CCTV cameras in order to prevent such cases in the city. The decision has been taken last week as more thefts cases at wedding halls are on rise for last couple of months in the city.
Moreover, the officers have also ordered all police station in-charge to hold a special meeting with wedding halls owners and asked to issue them security guidelines. The police station in-charge will hold meeting soon at the police station.
According to the order, the owners have to install the cameras in marriage hall, pandal premises and at required places at the venue. Besides, the owners have to appoint security guards who have security licenses at the venue. Moreover, the owners have to install precautions boards at the hall.
Speaking to dna, deputy commissioner of police (crime) Jayant Naiknaware said, "The theft cases at marriage halls are on rise in the city. The thieves are taking advantages of crowd, posing themselves as a relatives of the marriage party and steal valuebals. We have observed that most of the times the thieves have targeted people in the night time as relatives of bride - groom are busy in functions."
Interestingly, neither the Pune crime branch nor the local police station are managing to prevent such cases in the city. "It is difficult to solve such cases are most of the attenders are relatives of the bride-groom party. As a result, it is difficult to get clue in such cases. Besides, police came to know about the incident only after registering case at the police station."Naiknaware added,
There are some of the wedding halls where the cameras have been installed, however, most of the halls do not have the cameras. Thus, the thieves are taking advantage of condition.
- On February 4, gold ornaments worth Rs 2 lakh were stolen from a marriage hall near Mhatre bridge. The suspect had broken the window of a room in the hall and made away with a bag containing gold ornaments.
- A mother of a bridegroom lost her purse containing cash, gold ornaments and cell phone totally worth Rs 7.17 lakh at a marriage hall located on the Pune-Satara Road. A complaint has been lodged by Bharati Mohan Pardeshi of Dhankawdi with the Sahakarnagar police station.
- In November last year, five cases of thefts in wedding halls were reported from different parts of the city.
- The Hinjewadi police had detained one boy on suspicion. In November, the Bhosari police had arrested Jayashree Vilas Dagade (22) for allegedly stealing purse containing gold ornaments of Rs 60,000 from a wedding hall in Bhosari.
- To install CCTV cameras at marriage hall and pandal
- Appoint security guards who have security license
- Fix precautions boards at marriage hall