Increase police patrolling to prevent petrol theft, Bengalureans urge top cop | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: If you suspect someone is stealing petrol from your vehicle, you are not alone. Several Bengalureans feel fuel tanks of their vehicles have been getting depleted much faster in recent weeks, especially in the backdrop of skyrocketing petrol prices.

This came to the fore on Saturday during the Masika Janasamparka Divasa (public interaction) when many citizens urged police commissioner Kamal Pant to intensify patrolling on streets to prevent fuel theft. A majority of such complaints came from central parts of the city, especially Ashoknagar and Viveknagar. “Local youths are stealing petrol from two-wheelers and cars parked in front of houses,” citizens alleged.
Pant assured them steps will be taken to heighten surveillance and strengthen the beat system. The top cop said he would issue directions to jurisdictional deputy commissioners of police (DCPs) to increase patrolling at night. “There is no organised network behind petrol theft, it is mostly the handiwork of youngsters. However, keeping in view the soaring petrol rates, we will take all measures so that such cases are not reported in future,” he said. An officer from Viveknagar police station said they have already beefed up patrolling in areas where petrol theft complaints were reported.
However, residents maint ain police do not take petrol theft seriously. Umesh Kumar, a social activist and resident of Wilson Garden, said: “Petrol was stolen from my motorbike a few weeks ago when it was parked outside my home in Lakkasandra. The incident occurred at night when I was having dinner. On informing police, they did not take serious action and instead advised me to keep the bike safe.” Many youngsters who have bikes but not enough pocket money for petrol take to stealing at night.
Police countered by stating they had increased night patrolling. DCP (south) Harish Pandey said almost 240 personnel of different ranks from his division are on night patrol regularly. “We have not received any reports of increase in cases of petrol theft. But yes, night patrolling has increased these days to curb offences like robberies, chain-snatching and brawls. Each night, we set up 10-12 check points at different junctions,” he said. “We request the public to call us in case of petrol theft,” the DCP added.
DCP (north) Dharmender Kumar Meena said newly introduced ‘Beat Points’ help in carrying out night patrolling more effectively. “Personnel on night patrolling have to ensure their presence at the beat points allotted to them. This ensures police presence in different parts of a locality. Till now, we have not come across any increase in cases of petrol theft. But we will be on alert as rising prices may lead to miscreants stealing it,” he said.

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