BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday called upon the public to come forward as witnesses in cases of crimes and help police with information.
Speaking at a property parade organised by the city police on Tuesday, Siddaramaiah said it is important that people come forward to bring the perpetrators of crimes to book. Stolen properties worth `64.99 crore were returned to their owners on Tuesday.
“Be it criminal offences or accidents, people have to be proactive. By cooperating and helping police, like passing on information, those involved in gruesome crimes like rape of children and violence against women can be brought to book,” the CM said.
He added that police too should do a good job of collecting evidence so that the case holds water in court and maximum punishment is awarded to the perpetrators.
Steps like more police patrolling, spreading awareness on severity of such offences and stricter punishment will act as deterrents, Siddaramaiah said.
The maximum recovery was by the Central Crime Branch which detected 361 cases and arrested over 1,200 people.
Inspecting the recovered properties, including high-end cars, bikes and trucks laden with iron, copper and other material, the CM advised people not to flaunt their jewellery unnecessarily. A few cautious steps can go a long way in preventing property crimes, he said, adding that instead of keeping jewellery and large amounts of cash at home, people should deposit them in banks.
The CM lauded the efforts of the police and also gave officers cash rewards. A police officer said a total of `5.2 lakh was given away in rewards.