VISAKHAPATNAM: Locked houses in Visakhapatnam have become soft targets for burglars. There is steep increase in the house breaking incidents in the district compared to past few years. It would appear that even scorching sun comes in handy for burglars.
As many as 113 house break in incidents have been reported in the city this year from Jan 1 to April 30, as against a total of 338 in 2014 and 294 in 2013.
The locals, gangs from other districts and college-going youngsters are also into such crimes. Very recently, the PM Palem police arrested an engineering student on the charge of breaking into three houses in Yendada area. Police said that the student used to conduct a recce of the streets of Yendada and break into locked houses and decamp with gold.
It may be recalled that a special team from the CCS cracked a series of burglaries reported on January 31 and February 1, 2015 in KRM Colony. The police arrested five of the seven-member gang, all of a family, and recovered gold and cash. Even the inter-state burglars were found involved in at least 10 cases per annum.
ADCP S Varada Raju said that the accused had been targeting locked houses and breaking into them in the nights.
“They may be youngsters/college students or some other persons, all going for house breaking incidents to meet their ‘expenses’ and get easy money. They enter the houses by breaking the doors open with knives and rods,” he added.
In one of the recent cases in Gajuwaka area, burglars entered a house even as owners slept on the terrace due to the heat. They entered the house and made good with 60 tola gold and cash.
At Atchutapuram too, a gang of burglars entered a house and decamped with cash while house owners unsuspectingly slept on the terrace or had gone elsewhere.
Police have come up with various campaigns and even asked the public to report to police stations before going away. However, police sources said that few report to the station.
To bring down break ins, the cops are all set to intensify night patrolling.