Haryana’s new strategy to control rising crime: Check Your Criminal

IN A bid to curb the rising crime rates, the Haryana Police has launched a Check Your Criminal (CYC) campaign, through which, it will keep track of habits and the daily routine of known criminals. As part of the campaign - launched by Hisar range Inspector General of Police A S Chawla, who has coined the crime-control strategy as CYC - criminals are kept under constant surveillance and are to expected visit police stations to share their latest details.

Police record recent photographs, finger prints and handwriting samples, particularly of those with a history of property crimes. Apart from this, the 'daily routine' and 'family circumstances' of the criminals is also noted.

Over the last two months, Haryana Police officials say that the "daily routine" of 505 criminals, active in the Hisar range, has been recorded. The range, which covers the five districts of Hisar, Bhiwani, Sirsa, Fatehabad and Jind, is considered as one of the most-crime prone regions in the state and according to police figures, there are 409 criminals, with at least 10 cases each against them, active in the region.

Hisar Superintendent of Police, Satheesh Balan, says: "We have kept constant surveillance on the activities of 505 criminals in the last two months, irrespective of whether these criminals are inside or outside the jails."

Of the total 505 criminals, who have been invited to the police stations so far, the 'daily routine' and 'family circumstances' of as many as 327 has been recorded in the state police's Crime Records Office (CRO. Officers say that this would help them create a database, which would allow any police station across the state to access information on such criminals. The Haryana police officers believe that the strategy will help them keep a constant tab on the movement of such criminals and act as a deterrent.

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