Petty crimes rising, RWAs plan security teams

NOIDA: The of Noida is seeking from residential areas to build a self-defence team with an aim to check and ensure of senior citizens in residential sectors.
Once finalised, the volunteers will keep a check on security-related issues in their respective sectors.

?We are in the process of inviting volunteers from various residential sectors who can form a self-defence team to address petty security related issues. For this, we will source a trainer who will train the volunteers on basic self-defence skills. Both youngsters as well as senior citizens can volunteer for the self-defence team,? said N P Singh, president, Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations (FONRWA).

While such a team will be formed for the first time in Gautam Budh Nagar, N P Singh maintained that it can be most helpful for those living alone, especially the senior citizens.

?The seniors citizens, who mostly live alone or unaided, need special attention and can avail help from the appointed trainer to train themselves for protecting themselves. We will also be co-ordinating with the police stations and chowki in-charge of various sectors to have the team registered with them for better co-ordination on daily issues,? he said adding that many sector have come forward to offer a list of volunteers from their sectors.

The need for such a team arose following increased incidents of petty in residential sectors, including mobile and chain snatching, car-jacking and drunken brawls.

?Many incidents of chain and mobile snatching have occurred in Sector 51 in the past. Apart from this, anti-social elements resort to drinking late night in sector parks. We have raised these matters on many platforms earlier,? said Sanjeev Kumar, RWA general secretary, Sector 51.

N P Singh further added that the RWA federation will also seek assistance from the district administration on the matter.

?We will seek assistance from the district magistrate to help organise training sessions for all such volunteers in order to form a vigilant team,? he said.

In a meeting held in November with FONRWA members, the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar B N Singh had urged the residents to concentrate on awareness drives on petty crimes in various sectors.

?The police is pressurised on hard crimes in the district. We cannot burden them further, though they do address residential issues such as petty crimes and encroachment related matters. We as citizens should also take the onus of safeguarding and educating ourselves towards better co-ordination with the authorities and the administration and ensure thorough tenant or service provider verification and better co-ordination with the police station in respective sectors,? said the district magistrate.

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