Chennai Police need better response processes

Yesterday’s spree of three robberies over three hours, starting at Indira Nagar at 11.30 PM and ending in Thoraipakkam at 2 AM with one at Tiruvanmiyur in between by the share auto borne robbers begs the question, “What was the Chennai Police doing for those three hours?” In today’s urban environment where things happen fast, the police need to redo their response mechanism to respond to such incidences. The same old processes and methods of plodding along when a robbery occurs just will not do. How could the robbers, in the same share auto, have gone ahead and committed three robberies in nearby areas in succession without any fear? Because they know that the police response will be to file an FIR for the first robbery in a slow manner before they do anything. Come on, we have fast interceptor cars for the police, we have computerized systems where the information can be shared quickly across police stations; so why the slow response? We need a mind shift before any of these can work. Chennai is now a big metropolis, with growing urban pressure that requires a different approach to policing. The sooner they realize this the better.

7 Comments so far

  1. shek (unregistered) on May 27th, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    Come on!The robberies were committed in the dead of the night.You expect the entire police force of south chennai to be alert at this hour?That too in a suburb like thoraipakkam?And since these areas are “perceived” to be safe,there’s no patrolling here.

  2. Dharmeshwar (unregistered) on May 27th, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

    Dude! The guy who was robbed at Thoraipakkam is my colleague. Nobody expects the entire police force of south chennai to be alert at te midnight hours. But e few things:
    1. Absolutely very little or NO street lights on that thoraipakkam road, when there are a few big IT parks located there. Night shifts are involved too.
    2. The Guy IMMEDIATELY called up the local police. but NOBODY picked up the phone.
    3. There is a thing called POLICE PATROL which is supposed to happen, but i doubt if it hardly ever happens in such places.

  3. david (unregistered) on May 27th, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

    Thanks for the comments guys. But thats the whole point. Not about a patrol, but a response when the first robbery came to light by a gang in a share auto. What was the response? Zilch. They have these interceptors that could have been sent out to cruise the area for example. Thier very presence would be a deterrant.But no, they could carry on with absolute impunity. The police have to realsie that times have changed and they need to move fast.

  4. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on May 28th, 2007 @ 12:27 am

    In essence, I cannot argue with the article. It is correct. Robbery on the street? The police should be out looking.

    But, given that I doubt that the robbers gave a copy of their itinerary to the first victim, I don’t know how the cops could have intercepted them.

    I wonder if, as the reports came in, anyone co-ordinated them and realised that the same people were going on a spree. That would have been a good start to an effective response.

  5. lesson (unregistered) on May 28th, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    This is a good lesson for all those want to own a piece of land for enormous amount where the basic infrastructure is nonexistent!!

  6. shek (unregistered) on May 28th, 2007 @ 8:54 pm

    It’s true that the city’s police limits have been extended to as far as thoraipakkam but as this place comes under Kanchipuram district a couple of adjoining localities(kandanchavadi and perungudi)also come under Thoraipakkam police station limits[Don’t know what is the link between the police district and state district,but this was what a constable from perungudi police stn told my friend who had gone to register a complaint about his stolen bike!]

  7. Ravi (unregistered) on May 29th, 2007 @ 6:52 pm

    Does anyone have the influence to bring govt. officials in various department to be a guest blogger in Chennai metblog ?

    I’m not sure .. how much of this cry or shout go beyond your computer !

    I see a lot of good / bad posts which need attention from some responsible officers.

    Someone of you may argue they are not good, cheap, ….. but all are not bad ! Think ! Let Chennai bloggers, make a difference …… Let yourself heard!

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