Ahmedabad: Looks like the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct has had one unintended impact - a fall in cash thefts! According to police sources, cash thefts have fallen from 26 a month ago to nine till Friday. Police believe it could be because people have stopped moving with cash due to the vigilance of static teams stationed at every police station.
Figures from the office of the police commissioner, Ahmedabad, reveals that there were many theft cases reported over the last two months, but cases of theft of cash have seen a sharp fall. On October 1, 2012 there were 26 incidents where cash was stolen, either from parked cars or bikes. Such cases have dropped to nine.
“Mainly individuals who withdraw money from banks are targeted in such thefts,” a police inspector, posted in the western part of the city told DNA. He added that there were fewer incidents now as people were afraid of carrying cash with them. “What will they say if they are asked by members of the static teams to explain the source?” he asked.
Talking to DNA, joint commissioner of police, sector 1, Ahmedabad city, Ajay Tomar said since the code of conduct had been implemented there had been compulsory police points on roads which could have created the impact.
During the past 25 days there have been many incidents of seizure of unaccounted cash which has sparked fear among traders. Talking to DNA, a trader on the condition of anonymity said, “We have stopped withdrawing big amounts from the bank.”