Hyderabad: According to the police, several burglars and burglary gangs are on the prowl in and around the city, waiting for residents to lock their homes and go off on mini vacations during the festival season. Police officials say there are indications of some gangs even camping on the city outskirts.
And it is not just gangs from the city. Some notorious gangs from neighbouring districts and States too have come down to exploit the festival season.
“They come ahead of the festival and stay put on the outskirts waiting for the right time. They conduct a recce of residential colonies and break into them in the absence of the residents. After a desired quantity of cash, silver and gold is accumulated, they return to their respective places,” an official said.
A lit bit of caution can go a long way in keeping these miscreants at bay, police say, adding that the simplest thing to do is to inform neighbours, who would keep a watch on the house and immediately alert the owner if anything suspicious was noticed.
“In a recent case, a person went to his hometown informing his neighbours. When a burglar broke into his house, his neighbour called him and checked if he had returned. When he said he was still away, the locals caught the burglar and handed him over to the police,” said E Naresh Kumar, Sub-Inspector, Humayun Nagar.
Another easy precaution is to install security cameras, the presence of which deter most burglars.
“Surveillance cameras are always helpful if they are installed. Using mobile apps, we can connect them to our mobile phones and keep a watch on them from anywhere. We also get cameras on rent for Rs.1,500 to Rs.2,000 from the local stores. One camera is equal to several persons,” the SI said.
Interstate gangs from Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are suspected to be active during the festival time.
“They conduct recce in residential colonies during the morning and identify locked houses. They return in the nights to burgle them,” said P Yadagiri, Inspector, Falaknuma.