Thodupuzha: The rainy season is here, and we are tempted to sleep more curled under thick blankets. But hark! Even as you enjoy that deep sleep, some people are getting ready, just outside your doorstep. And they have gathered special expertise in monsoon robbery. Police warn that thieves from other states also might be reaching Kerala to exploit the monsoon season.
The robbers' season
Robbers love the monsoon, and the reasons are many, the main one being the roads that would empty quite early. By around 8 or 9 p.m. the roads would become deserted during the rainy season. And the number of people who would keep awake late at night would also reduce. Most families would fall asleep before 10 or 10.30 at night. And there would be a lesser number of early wakers too. There would be no one around between 2 am – 4 pm, the most favourite hours of robbers, who know very well that even the night patrol team of the police would be asleep in the vehicles parked along the roads.
The biggest advantage for the robbers is that occupants of a house will not even hear the sound of them breaking open the window or the door in the din of the rain. The monsoon robbers love houses with tin sheet roofs, as the racket made by the rain on the sheets will block out any other noise.
The season attracts the vehicle thieves also. The owners will not even be aware of the theft even if the vehicle is driven off after opening the gates. There are reports that even robbers' teams from other States are making their presence felt in the district during the rains. Some such teams rent rooms in local lodges, commit the robberies, collect enough money and return home safely.
The other day, a police patrolling team had discovered an attempted robbery in a house in the high ranges of Kerala. On catching a thief, the police came to know that he was a part of a group based at Theni in Tamil Nadu. It is reported that around 15 robbers are camping in different parts of the district.
Some thieves are reportedly recceing places of worship. Breaking open the kanikka vanchi (money box), of the temples and churches are common during the monsoon season. And the main reason being that the sound will not be heard outside.
The robbers are also making use of the high-tech facilities. Some ‘high-tech’ robbers are in possession of even night-vision cameras. There was a recent incident of thieves breaking open a door using some minor explosives. Blinding the CCTV cameras has also become common.
In case you come across any incident of robbery or if you become the victim of such an attempt, call the Police Control Room immediately. Information about those seen in dubious circumstances can also be given in this number. People are also advised to memorise the numbers of the nearest police station and the mobile number of the local sub inspector of police. Inform the police as soon as possible in the event of a robbery.
Take a little care
Remember that it is no longer fashionable to wear too much gold. It is always safer to wear as little gold ornaments as possible when going out.