City Police Officer (CPO) Dr Haider Ashraf on Thursday inaugurated a new criminal record office (CRO) in the building of the Crime Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Talking to newsmen, Ashraf said the office would provide records of criminals round-the-clock through an online system. The CPO said photographs, thumb prints and case histories of criminals would be available to the public as well.
He said the new building was equipped with a computerised index of information of criminal records, stolen properties and missing persons.
He said information would be available for policemen all year.
The CPO said growth in population and the size of the city had led to increased crime. He said it was important to have a basic infrastructure to control growing crime.
“The new building and software would help the Police Department become more efficient,” he said.
He thanked the Pakistan Textile Exporters Association helping the police construct the building in four months.
The CPO said people’s participation and cooperation was necessary for police to check crime in the city.
Cash, gold jewellery, mobile phones, cars and motorbikes were stolen 31 incidents across the city on Thursday.
According to details gathered by police, the armed men broke into the house of Rasheed in Umar Block, Green Town and took away cash, mobile phones, laptops and jewellery.
Separately, robbers took away cash and a mobile phone from Hasnain in Marzi Pura, Riaz in Younus Town, Aamir Shehzad in Mansoorabad, Mubasshar in Mohallah Sharif Pura, Ahsan Elyas in Tata Bazaar and Riaz in Chak 121-GB.
Robbers also snatched motorcycles from Nadeem in Mohllah Garden, Maqbool Ahmad in Green Town, Abdul Waheed near FDA City, Rafiq in Peoples Colony, Abu Bakar Manzoor near Peoples Colony police station, Khalid Amin in Rail Bazaar, Kamran in Narwala Chowk, Abbas in Montgomery Bazaar, Tanveer in Chak 196-GB, Hasnain Shaukat in Civil Hospital Sammundri and Allah Ditta near Koh-i -Noor Plaza.
Robbers also took away cars from Usman and Adnan Aftab near Rayes Hotel and Sitara Mall D-Ground respectively.
Robbers also looted Aslam’s shop in Sir Syed Town and Nooran Bibi’s house in Mohallah Usman Ghani.
Cattle were stolen from Mehwish’s farm in Chak 49-GB, Ahmad Ali’s farm in Chak 111-JB and Nawaz’s farm in Chak 192-RB.
The police registered cases and started investigations.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 18th, 2014.