Seven housing societies are planning to bring their areas under Delhi Police’s Neighbourhood Watch Scheme.
To ensure better security for residents and contain petty street crimes, housing societies in Mayur Vihar Phase I Extension are planning to bring their area under Delhi Police’s Neighbourhood Watch Scheme (NWS).
The concept was introduced in the national capital by Delhi Police in the 1980s, and then reintroduced in 2013-14. The system is already functional in certain areas of Greater Kailash I and Greater Kailash II.
Once a particular colony comes under the NWS purview, the area police forms a committee involving the residents. The committee holds a meeting once a month. So vigilance involves public-police cooperation.
Sources told City Spidey that 50 such committees had been constituted under different police stations in South Delhi.
City Spidey also came to know that the managing committee of seven societies — Glaxo Apartments, Lovely Apartments, Vigyapan Lok Apartments, Samachar Apartments, Vardhaman Apartments, United India Apartments and Kirti Apartments — have agreed to being part of NWS.
These seven housing societies are located on either side of a road connecting an Indian Oil petrol pump to Samachar market.
Purusottam Bhatt, president of United India Apartments, said, “The managing committees of all the seven societies have agreed. NWS comes under the jurisdiction of the area police. We will submit our proposal to the area SHO and ACP East Delhi.”
The seven societies now want to bar the entry of outsiders on this particular road.
“We are at the initial stages so far, but we want two gates — one near Samachar Apartments and the other near Glaxo Apartments. Societies have agreed to bear the cost of security guards who will be deployed here,” said Akshay Sharma, of Lovely Apartments.