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City police website to curb crimes

Guwahati, Jan. 23: To check increasing crimes, city police have expanded their security net to the virtual. They have made a website, guwahaticitypolice.gov.in, which will be launched soon.

Aimed at police-public communication, the website gives the city’s 12 lakh residents tips on how to keep their homes, flats and cars safe, prevent misuse of ATM and credit cards by criminals and also gives updates on the most-wanted criminals and vehicle-lifters.

It contains contacts of police stations with phone numbers of officers-in-charge and of NGOs ready to help people, safety tips for citizens to prevent crime, laws for the safety of women, children and properties, and traffic norms, among others.

“Houseowners will no longer have to visit police stations to collect tenant verification forms. They can download it from the website, fill it up and submit it to the nearest police station. People can also read the dos and don’ts to help us prevent crime,” senior superintendent of police (city) Anand Prakash Tiwari said today.

He said the website had been designed as part of the city police’s initiative to improve police-public communication and involve residents to prevent criminal acts.

“As the city is growing fast, we are coming across increasing criminal cases and new challenges. Hence we are giving more emphasis to crime prevention and it is difficult for the police to do so alone without the people’s help. People can log onto the website sitting in their homes, get details and contact us for any kind of help 24x7,” he said.

The website has a section where photographs of criminals and vehicle-lifters wanted in the city have been posted.

“If people see the most-wanted list, they can help us catch them,” another official said.

The website has uploaded four important laws — Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, Assam Land Grabbing (Prohibition) Act, 2010 and Assam Protection of Interests of Depositors (In Financial Establishments) (Amendment) Act, 2013 — which people can download.

“We have uploaded the names of the deposit-collecting companies against which cases have been registered for allegedly duping people with the false promise of higher returns. We hope this will make people aware about such companies and prevent similar crime,” the police officer said.

The website also has tips on how to use ATMs, credit cards and Internet banking safely to make people aware and prevent online fraud.

“For any kind of help, people can contact the nearest police station or dial 100,” the officer added.