Techies beware! Hinjewadi is now a new 'crime hub' [DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India)]
(DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Are software professionals working and staying in Hinjewadi safe? The overall crime rate has increased drastically in the area and it has become a new 'crime zone'.
Software destination Hinjewadi is Pune's pride and enjoys information technology (IT) hub status. But unfortunately, the area has witnessed the most number of crimes in the last two years compared to other areas in the city.
Statistics obtained from the police station records show that the area has witnessed a growing crime rate over the last two years. The Hinjewadi police station registered 415 crime cases in 2011, 470 in 2012 and 600 in 2013 till December 23.
The Hinjewadi police station was set up in 2003. Since then the police station never witnessed as many as 600 crime cases in any of the last 10 years.
Hinjewadi police sources claimed that the area has poor public transport, absence of street lights and newly constructed housing societies, which are reasons for the growing crime rate.
According to the Hinjewadi police, Kala Khadak, Wakad Road, Kaspate Wasti, Baner bricks kiln, Bhumkar Chowk and some societies are crime-prone zones in the area.
Senior police inspector PD Patil of Hinjewadi police station told dna, "The crime rate has increased in Hinjewadi area in the last two years. Especially murders, house breakings, night robberies and chain-snatching incidents have increased."
Patil is of the opinion that house-breakings and night robberies are the major concerns in the areas. "We have seen that burglars are targeting software professionals' flats as they return to the house at night. The burglars go to the housing society under pretext of some work and thereafter they strike at the flats. Moreover, most of the residential societies are located in isolated areas where roads and street lights are absent. As a result, the robbers mostly target flats in these areas."
About the growing number of chain-snatching incidents in Hinjewadi, Patil said, "We have seen that chain-snatchers mainly target people on the roadside. After snatching the chain they easily escape using either the internal roads or Mumbai-Bangalore highway."
Deputy commissioner of police (zone - III) Shahaji Umap said, "The crimes related to IT employees is a serious concern in the area. We have observed that mobile, laptop and vehicle thefts of IT employees have increased." He added that this year, the crime rate increased drastically. On being asked why this trend has developed in the area, Umap said, "There are various factors like poor public transport, absence of streets lights and isolated residential societies. The criminals take advantage of these things and strike in the areas. The cases are on the rise, but we are taking continuous efforts to curb such incidents."
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