Pune: Following two recent incidents where house owners cracked a case of child torture and theft by maids using CCTV cameras, the police said cameras in neighbourhoods of Nigdi and Vishtranwadi have helped them crack major cases.
Cases of chain snatching, housebreaking and stealing of tapes from car had been plaguing the Yamunanagar area. When two chain snatching incidents per day had started to become a norm, rather than blaming the police, local residents and the corporator installed CCTV cameras. The move not only led to a decrease in the number of crimes but have also helped in nabbing culprits.
“In September, residents of Yamunanagar in Nigdi came together and collected over Rs 60 lakh for the installation of CCTV cameras in their society,” said Sulbha Ubale, corporator of Yamumanagar. “The chain-snatcher had created terror in the area and many felt unsafe while stepping out. After the camera installation, even the culprit becomes wary,” local resident Sharad Inamdar said.
S B Naik-Patil inspector in-charge of Nigdi police station said, “CCTV cameras helped to identify the modus-operendi of chain snatchers. In April, an interstate gang of chain sntachers were arrested by crime branch after their images were captured by the cameras. This arrest led to more than 150 cases of chain snatching being solved. Later, there were multiple cases of tape recorders being stolen from parked four-wheelers which we solved with the help of camera footage.”
Inspector (crime) P N Supe-kar of Nigdi police station said, “Images captured by the cameras not only help us to zero in on the culprit but also act as evidence in a case. Th-ough we may not clearly identify the culprits, we can track their vehicles and direction.”
Similar has been experience in Tingre nagar, Dhanori which comes under the jurisdiction of Vishtrantwadi police station. Anil Tingre, corporator of Dhanori, said, “After the two blasts in the city, police appealed for the installation of CCTV cameras. Around 40 CCTV cameras are been installed in public places like markets, chowks and shopping complexes. The cameras are monitored from the police stations.”
Sudhakar Kate, inspector in-charge of Vishrantwadi police station said, “We have kept a team of three policemen to monitor the CCTV cameras. The CCTVs helped to nab the man who molested women in dark and isolated areas of Dhanori and those behind a murder near Dhyanori on Janauary 2 this year.”