The Telegraph
Monday , August 25 , 2014
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Police plan crime map

- Cops look out for pattern

Police are trying to notice a method in crime incidents to try and solve them.

Studying the crime data of the past six months, they have figured out area-wise crime patterns, which help them know what sort of crime occurs during which part of the day in a certain area.

For example, chain-snatching incidents abound in the morning when the victims (women) are going to drop their wards at bus stops or returning from it. Bike-borne criminals strike on them in deserted lanes. Most of these incidents have been reported from Shastrinagar police station area of the town.

Patna senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaaj said most vehicle thefts take place between noon and 6pm in areas where malls and commercial complexes are located. Areas under the jurisdiction of Kotwali, Patliputra, S.K. Puri, Gandhi Maidan and Pirbahore police stations have been identified as most vulnerable.

Having seen a pattern, the SSP said, the police accordingly carry out patrols and surprise check of vehicles at vulnerable places.

“We plan to study data of the past few years and chalk out a strategy to contain crime easily and pinpoint gangs with greater accuracy,” Manu told The Telegraph.

Also, all police stations have been asked to prepare a crime map giving details of crime incidents, place of occurrence and exit routes the offenders take. A special police team is provided data and asked to initiate action if any particular offence shows an upward trend.

“The concept of chalking out a ‘crime pattern plan’ for the city was initially discussed with the then inspector general of police (Patna zone) R.S. Bhatti. However, the idea took final shape only recently,” the SSP said. Vehicle thefts have gone up alarmingly in the recent past. Armed with knowledge about crime patterns, station house officers (SHOs) can accordingly increase both human and electronic surveillance in vulnerable areas. “City police have already been told to make optimal use of electronic gadgets like WhatsApp. You can exchange information through such technology within no time,” Manu said.

Another police officer associated with the city’s ‘crime pattern plan’ said several gangs involved in loot, robbery and chain snatching have been busted in the recent past after analysing crime data.