Crimes and thefts
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Adolescents, young men and
others, on the spur of the moment, depending on the available opportunity,
commit offences.Most of the burglars target the Houses, having loopholes in
security features like poor bolts, losse grills, dark areas, lack of burglar
alarms etc. 80% of the burglars who decamped with gold, silver, jewellary,
cash and electronic goods like laptops & cellphones, clearly showed the
negligent attitude of the victims whose properties have been attacked. If
proper precautions were taken by people, 60 to 80% of such offences could
have been prevented.
Couple conned on train: 25 sovereigns of jewellery stolen
By Petlee Peter
: Over 25 sovereigns of jewellery were allegedly stolen from a couple in the
Mumbai-Chennai Express a few days ago after they consumed curd laced with some
chemical substances that left them unconscious. The victims have lodged a
complaint with the Government Railway Police (GRP) at Chennai Central.
Keeping track of thieves on trains
In most cases, the accused posed as high-profile passengers, writes S. Vijay Kumar
Air-conditioned coaches in trains appear to have become vulnerable to thefts. Going by the profile of theft cases detected by the Railway Police in the recent months, bag-lifters have preferred AC compartments as they found them to be safer and fertile for their operations.
In most cases, the accused persons from whom stolen jewellery or other valuables were recovered were found to be well-educated youths, who posed as high-profile passengers to commit thefts on moving trains. In a recent case, the police arrested P. Muthiah (34) alias ‘Kulu Kulu' Muthiah of Tiruchi. Since the well-behaved graduate only travelled in First Class AC coaches his friends gave him the nickname ‘Kulu Kulu.'
According to Sub-Inspector R. Subramanian, who arrested Muthiah, the modus operandi of the accused was to book a ticket in First AC coaches in trains departing to southern destinations from Chennai Egmore.
He would arrive early on the platform and identify visibly affluent passengers.
Soon after the train starts, Muthiah would do a recce in two and three-tier AC compartments and return after midnight to lift baggage.
“He would replace the baggage after stealing valuables. In case coach attendants intercept, the accused would say that he came to see a friend or relative…,” Mr. Subramanian said.
Muthiah has cases in Chennai Egmore, Perambur, Jolarpettai and Salem railway stations. Though arrested on one occasion, he absconded after release on bail. “We arrested him at the central bus stand in Tiruchi on May 25. Handwriting in reservation slips helped in tracking the suspect. Muthiah claims to have a lot of contacts in the film industry which he gained while travelling in First AC coaches,” the official said.
Inspector-General of Police (Railways) Sunil Kumar said thefts also get reported in Sleeper Class and unreserved compartments.
“Our focus is on preventing crimes by sensitising passengers to the modus operandi of criminals. Special teams have been formed to detect pending cases. We want to ensure absolute safety on trains,” he said.
( Courtesy: www.thehindu.com )