He also added, “Before installing the gates, there used to be 7 to 8 thefts in a month, but now the number has reduced. Still we are not happy with the security guards, as they are not doing their work properly and we are now pursuing this matter. We will talk to the Ross Security solutions,who are providing the security to our sector about this issue.”
This citizen's initiative has also helped the police in that area. Mahinder Singh, the SHO of Sector 56 Police station says, “Earlier we used to register 5 to 7 cases of robbery and chain snatching every month, but after the installation of gates the number has reduced. The RWA's have taken a good step as this will help both the police and the residents.”
Can such a model be replicated in other parts of Gurgaon?
Palam Vihar, which is a huge area and has many robberies and chain snatching cases, has tried to replicate such model. But the RWA's had some problems in implementing the model. Ashok Rana, RWA President Palam Vihar, Sector 23 discussed about the problems with us saying, “Safety in this area is very less, because of the juggis nearby and a huge open space. We tried talk to HUDA and the concerned authorities about installing gates to prevent the incidents of chain snatching and robbery in the area, but they are not responding.”
He also said, “Sector 23, Palam Vihar is a very huge area it needs a budget of 20 lakhs to install gates in the area and the residents cannot afford to contribute such a huge amount. We request the concerned authorities to take up this issue.”
The police of Palam Vihar is also concerned about the safety in the area, they have increased the patrolling during the night, but still the cases persist. Raj pal, Hawaldar at Palam Vihar Police Station says, “As Palam Vihar is a huge area, security is a big issue here. The robberies are comparatively low in the gated communities like Sector 21 and 22, but coming to Sector 23 and few other places in Palam Vihar safety is an issue. We have tried our best to look upon the security over those places, but then the residents also should cooperate with us.”