Indore : City police launched ‘Crime Watch’ on November 24 in order to ensure public participation in policing to rein in crimes in the city.
The service received good response and the police were able to take quick action following the receipt of information.
According to the police, in its first four days of launch, the service has received more than 100 information calls including 20 for illegal substance smuggling, 10 for traffic violations, 10 for breaking passwords of ATM cards, 15 on anti-social elements, 15 for gambling, sex rackets, human trafficking, sound disturbance and harassment over phones.
Of these, 30 calls were received via WhatsApp, 50 via mobile phones and 20 via landline phones despite the fact that caller ID is not anonymous. The calls also came from rural areas such as Hatod, Khudel, Kishanganj etc.
Senior police officers said that actions were taken following the receipt of the information. A woman called and then retracted saying she was just checking the police response. Some even called between midnight and early morning to check on police response. At least 250 callers called to get more information on service and later commented on FaceBook and WhatsApp positively.
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